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The numbers for the State of the Union is coming in, and its not rosy.

The early reports state that some 33.3 million people watched Obama give his speech.  That number is the lowest since 2000 and Bill Clinton.  Of course viewership of the speech has been going downhill anyways in an overall trend, and even Obama is not immune.

In Obama’s first year only drew 52.3 million, a low number for, what was then, a popular President.

The simple fact for these numbers is the State of the Union address has outlived its usefulness.  In this day of constant news, internet, blogs, twitter and more the speech no longer has the same function as it did fifty years ago.