Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Susan Boyle Gets Better Ratings Than Barack Obama (UPDATED)

It's true.

Obama's attempt to get a television slot for his reading of his teleprompter's pitch to the nation intended to encourage Americans to cross our fingers and wish upon the socialized medicine wishing star had to be scheduled so as not to conflict with an interview with Susan Boyle.

From James Hibberd's The Live Feed:
After some hesitation and a time shift, three major broadcast networks have agreed to carry Barack Obama's latest primetime news conference.

The event was announced Friday afternoon as Obama battles to bolster congressional support for an ambitious health-care overhaul while facing dropping approval ratings.


Fox declined outright to air the news conference. NBC and ABC fell into line late Monday after the White House shifted the event's time from the previously announced 9 p.m. to the lesser-watched hour of 8 p.m.
The stakes were particularly high for NBC, which airs the most-watched show of the summer, "America's Got Talent," at 9 p.m. This week, the reality hit includes a heavily promoted interview with "Britain's Got Talent" singing sensation Susan Boyle.
Sources said that NBC demonstrated reluctance to carry Obama's news conference live. Faced with the prospect of only one or two major broadcasters -- CBS and ABC -- covering the event, the White House moved its start time to 8 p.m.

During his campaign, Obama calculatingly made his big appeal not to hardworking, hard-thinking taxpayers, but to the shallowest of American voters with the shortest attention span, those willing to bet their own futures, their children's future, their country's future, and, in many ways, the world's future on hope.

And what was that hope?

That somebody else (anybody else) would go to enormous trouble and expense to materialize the kind of changes that will fit their desires perfectly, with no more effort on their part than to sit on their sofas in front of a televised speech or two a couple of weeks before an election and then find their way to a voting booth a couple of blocks from home once every 4 years, that is, once every 1461 days.

No hard work required.

Like that would happen.

Now their attention is moving on to another fairy tale.

Susan Boyle has a beautiful voice, a lovely Cinderella story, and she won't remind you that it's your duty as a guilty-for-the-world's-woes-no-matter-how-you've-lived-your-life American to sign up for economic servitude in perpetuity.

Handy Congressional contact info here.



As reported by TV critic Ed Bark at Uncle Barky's Bites, Obama's June 24th infomercial for government takeover of health care drew just 79,716 viewers. Seven other TV options blew away the president's ratings: The Philanthropist, a rerun of CSI:NY, the College Baseball World Series, Don Francisco Live, a Rangers-Diamondbacks game, Fox4's local newscast, and Meet the Browns.

Maybe Obama's TV ratings are the best measure of his actual popularity.

Hat tip to E Pluribus Unum at RedState.


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