“Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “@FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!”
President Obama’s early speeches before Congress significantly outdrew Trump’s: His first address to a joint session of Congress, in 2009, drew 52.3 million viewers, and his first State of the Union address, in 2010, attracted 48 million.
Former President George W. Bush also delivered State of the Union addresses that attracted more viewers than Trump’s. Bush’s 2003 speech, which took place weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, drew 62 million viewers, while his 2002 speech, months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, attracted 51.7 million.
Former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 joint address to Congress, meanwhile, drew 66.9 million viewers.
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