...well, his television ratings, that is. Looks like folks are tuning him out, and were he a mere network show (what? he isn't??), the suits would be gathering to talk about cancelling the poor guy:
As the debate on health care in the U.S. continues, President Obama detailed his vision for health insurance reform in his second address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday September 9, 2009.
The address was carried live from 8:00PM to approximately 9:06PM on 10 television networks. The sum of average audience for those networks was 31,848,596 viewers. The networks carrying the press conference were ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, BET, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC.
Viewership to last night’s address was down 39% from President Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress on February 24, which aired from approximately 9:00PM to 10:30PM
And in related news, the media fights back against Neilsen's horrible truth - I mean slander - with this: CNN Poll: Double-digit post-speech jump for Obama plan!
Only one problem with this bit of hyperbole:
The sample of speech-watchers in this poll was 45 percent Democratic and 18 percent Republican. Our best estimate of the number of Democrats in the voting age population as a whole indicates that the sample is about 8-10 points more Democratic than the population as a whole.
Even if Democrats comprised 35% of the voting population, as CNN claims, they neglect to mention that Republicans would be close to 33%, with independents making up the rest and deciding the outcome. So your poll is a crock; kinda like saying 90% of Americans approve of Barack Obama, at a survey taken at the Democratic National Convention...
But the Republicans are done with Obama, and the independents are running - not walking - away as well. Democrats are nothing more than fanboys here, and their support can't save Obama any more than any other group of fanatics can save a TV show on the chopping block...