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The Ratings Are In: Biden’s First Address Versus Trump’s

These figures are staggering.

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On Wednesday night, Joe Biden address Congress for the first time since being elected President in 2020, and the entire pundit atmosphere was buzzing.

Many felt as though Biden’s speech was boring, but Democrats largely deflected that criticism by suggesting that this was merely a product of living through four years’ worth of President Trump’s unadulterated showmanship.  They have long tried to paint Trump as a political anomaly, and this simply gave them another chance to continue that narrative.

And while that may be a very subjective take on the speech, there are some metrics by which we can compare the two disparate political forces:  Television ratings.

Nearly 75 percent fewer Americans watched President Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday compared to former President Trump’s first address in 2017.

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About 11.6 million viewers watched Wednesday night, according to Nielsen’s initial ratings data.

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The numbers include viewership from Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, Comcast Corp’s NBC, ViacomCBS Inc’s CBS, and Fox. The numbers do not include cable news networks, such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

And, for further reference:

In contrast, the lowest rating President Trump’s scored for a congressional speech was 37.2 million in 2020.

Throughout Trump’s presidency, he received the following numbers:

2017: 48 million
2018: 46 million
2019: 46.8 million
2020: 37.2 million

It seems as though this false narrative about Biden being “boring on purpose” is simply not going to survive, seeing as you cannot drive growth within the party if only the die-hards are paying attention.

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Ohio Now Offering Lottery-Like Jackpots to Promote Vaccinations

Ohio’s vaccination push has become a gameshow, apparently.

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Vaccine hesitation has been one of the most worrisome parts of the coronavirus pandemic of late, especially as we approach the next critical stage in our economic recovery. You see, in America, there is a very real feeling that the government should not be able to mandate what it is that we decide to do with our bodies, and, more importantly, what we decide to put into  our bodies.  This is about personal sovereignty, and rightly so.  After all, this is the land of the free. That’s why the government has long avoided mandating vaccinations for the COVID-19 pandemic – it simply wouldn’t work, in all honesty, and there would be a massive revolt if they did choose to go down that path. So, instead, officials are trying to entice citizens to be inoculated either by making the unvaccinated into second-class citizens, or by luring them in with cash and prizes like some two-bit gameshow. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has come up with an unorthodox incentive for Ohioans to get vaccinated. Starting next Wednesday, adults who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and are at least 18 years old, may enter a lottery that will provide a $1 million prize each Wednesday for five weeks. DeWine, a Republican, said the pool of names for the drawing will come from the Ohio Secretary of State’s publicly available voter registration database. Those who are not in the database can sign up for the drawings on a separate webpage, DeWine said. In random drawings, the state will also provide five full four-year scholarships to an Ohio public university—including tuition, room-and-board, and books—to Ohioans under the age of 18 who have been vaccinated. The Ohio Lottery will conduct the drawings, and the money will come from existing federal pandemic relief dollars, DeWine…

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Biden Again Admits That He’s ‘Not Supposed To’ Interact with Reporters

This is some way of governing the public…

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What a strange new world the American political machine exists in these days. It was only six months ago that we had a President who, for lack of a nicer way to put it, wouldn’t stop yapping.  Donald Trump was an extraordinary communicator, using Twitter almost reflexively throughout his time in the White House, and sparring with reporters any chance he got.  You could tell that he lived for this, and it was a refreshing and brutally honest way of governing. Now we have “Sleepy Joe” Biden, who very literally believes that he’s not supposed to talk to the public off-script. President Joe Biden expressed concerns after he answered questions from reporters Wednesday, as he and his administration struggle to address multiple crises around the world. Biden answered questions about the gas shortage and a question about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Middle East, before moving to exit the room. When reporters shouted additional questions, Biden paused and replied, “You guys are bad. I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions. I’m supposed to leave. But I can’t resist your questions.” The president then took an additional question about his meeting with Congressional leaders on infrastructure. And this is far from the first time that this has happened… Biden has repeatedly told reporters he would be “in trouble” for taking questions from reporters at White House events — even though he has only held one press conference since becoming president. “Look, I’m sorry. I’m going to — this is the last question I’ll take,” Biden said in April after taking questions from reporters. “I’m really going to be in trouble.” Biden also repeatedly said he would “get in trouble” during a CNN town hall in February. “I’m going to get in trouble,” he lamented to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I was supposed to…

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