That is the lowest showing since 2000, when President Clinton’s speech averaged 31.5 million viewers.
Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year’s. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people.
The rest of this story at the LA Times.
*After first defending his actions, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, has reportedly apologized to a NY1 News reporter for physically threatening him during an interview Tuesday night.
“@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he ‘overreacted.’ I accepted his apology,” the reporter, Michael Scotto, tweeted.
*This exchange that jumped off following President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night has gotten as much attention, if not more, than the actual address.
NY1 reporter Michael Scotto finished asking Republican Congressman Michael Grimm of New York about the president’s speech, then, tried to ask about allegations concerning his ongoing campaign finance scandal.
Well, Grimm went off.
*(Via NBC News) – President Barack Obama won’t wait for Congress to take action on his agenda, vowing in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill.
President Barack Obama says he will not wait for Congress to move forward on important issues and is prepared to take executive action in 2014.
“America does not stand still — and neither will I,” Obama said. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Despite the congressional logjam, Obama declared, “I believe this can be a breakthrough year for America.”
“What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class,” he said. “Some require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.”
He added, “In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want.”
Still, his vow to go it alone where he sees fit stems from his experience over the last year, when recalcitrant members of Congress — particularly Republicans in the House — refused to even consider much of the president’s agenda.
Obama outlined a litany of executive actions he intends to take in the coming months to advance the themes of opportunity he focused on in his speech. Among them:
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*Tuesday night’s State of the Union address will have “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson in attendance as a guest of Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, who the reality star endorsed back in November.
“I am proud to have my close friend, constituent and small business owner, Willie Robertson, attend tonight’s State of the Union Address as my special guest,” McAllister said in a statement, according to E! News. “Willie is thankful for this opportunity and honored to attend. I look forward to the two of us representing the Fifth District in DC this evening and bringing some diversity to our nation’s capitol.”
The bearded duck caller made headlines in December for comments he made during an interview with GQ about homosexuality and African-Americans. Phil Robertson was then briefly suspended from his A&E series.