Despite Zany Guest Star, Obama’s State of the Union Ratings Take a Nosedive

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U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama focused his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy. (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Pool/Getty Images

Obama's State of the Union ratings have been steadily declining since he drew 52.4 million viewers in 2009, and his most recent speech was the second-lowest rated since President Clinton's final address in 2000. Only 33.5 million Americans tuned in for the president's Tuesday night address, despite the (admittedly slim) prospect of a showdown with longtime nemesis Ted Nugent.