Why analysts predict fewer eyes on Obama's State of the Union address

History may repeat itself in President's speech

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This year's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama has caught some by surprise.

"I have to admit I didn't even know the State of the Union address was tonight which is rather embarrassing," Cody Simms said.

Stacey Moore didn't know about it either.

"But I'll probably watch it now," she said.

Last year's State of the Union ratings were down by 11 percent and even though this year the speech will be shown by every major network and some cable channels, experts predict even fewer viewers will watch.

"The hope is that it's an inspiring speech from an economic perspective," Dr. Chris Kuehl said, an economist. "The best thing that could happen would be for people to get excited and start feeling good about where the economy is this year."

Not everyone though is out of the loop.

"I keep up in politics," Maribeth Sturgeon said.

Last year, President Obama talked about 41 proposals but only two were passed by Congress.

Kuehl predicts even this year history may repeat itself.

"Most of it has been brought up already and congress has already indicated it's not likely to do anything," he said.
"It's mostly depressing," Sturgeon said.

Kuehl doesn't rule out the speech's impact.

"At the end of the day I think the country as a whole is hoping to see the Obama six years ago," he said, "you know get people excited rally the cause, worry about politics later." 

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