Carol Platt Liebau

Have Americans given up on President Obama?

A look at the ratings for Tuesday night's State of the Union is revealing. With a combined household rating of 20.7, according to Nielsen, Obama's 2014 SOTU got the lowest ratings in at least twenty years.

Indeed, even measuring simply the number of viewers, Obama's speech -- which attracted 33,299,172 -- had the lowest combined number of viewers since President Clinton's last address in 2000 (which had 31,478,000). Keep in mind that 2000 was the last year of an eight-year presidency, and less than a year after the President was impeached and then acquitted for having lied under oath about his affair in the Oval Office with a young intern.

At this point in a presidency, possessing the bully pulpit is one of a chief executive's last remaining vehicles for enacting his agenda and influencing public opinion. Judging from the ratings, it's apparent that the American public is tuning Obama out . . . and for good reason. How many times can Americans listen to him pledge that he's going to close Guantanamo -- and after the whole "if you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance" debacle, why would anyone believe what he says, anyway?


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.