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Steep drop in viewership was typical of second-term inaugurations.
I think being on a holiday played a big role in the ratings drop. I work at a museum & we had boffo attendance that day. A good number of people I know make special plans for that 3-day weekend.
I heard it was so cold that Democrats were seen with their hands in their own pockets...
Even those who voted for him are bored with him.
Not surprising. The euphoria of the first election was worn down by the reality of governing, particularly with a party whose aim was to make Obama a one-term President. What is remarkable, despite the economy, winding down 2 wars, and passing a contentious health care bill, is that he won a second term handily. Must be doing something right. In the meantime the Repubs are licking their wounds and scheming how they can steal the next election through pushing through an idea that electoral college votes would be apportioned by congressional district. Had that been in place in the last election, we would have had an inauguration of Pres. Romney, even with a minority of the popular vote. The Repubs can't believe that maybe they are losing ground because their policies are out of touch with America's emerging mainstream.
sundial, your right on a few things, this election spoke volumes, it says thiers more takers than givers, Obama is about freebies and thats how he won, if your rich and a Democrat your hip and cool, if your rich and a Republican your an evil hatefull person that must have crushed little people on the way to the top. The economy is flat, added 6 trillion in debt, unemployment is where it was when started and he passed a healthcare debacle 70% of the country didnt want, if thats a home run then Obama hit one.
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