The inauguration numbers are in, and things are NOT looking good for Barack and Michelle Obama!
Donald Trump was officially sworn in on Friday as President of the United States. The media tried to downplay Trump’s popularity and just received some really bad news. Trump’s television ratings were higher than Obama’s 4 years ago!
The Daily Caller reports that 30.6 million people tuned in to watch Trump become the 45th president, which is 11 million more viewers than Obama and his wife Michelle had in 2009.
President Trump tweeted about the ratings over the weekend, writing, “Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago.”
At least President Trump gave Obama a compliment, saying his ratings were “very good.” The subtext seems to be that Obama’s ratings fell short of being “great” – one of Trump’s favorite words.
This news comes in the wake of controversy over the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration. The media displayed photos of Obama’s inauguration in 2009 that looked more populated than the 2017 photos. The Trump team is saying the photos were misleading because the 2017 photos were taken before everyone arrived.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebace got in a heated debate with Chris Wallace on Fox News about the photos. Wallace argued on the side of the press, and Priebace fought back, maintaining that “the pictures were taken at different times on each inauguration day.”
According to the Daily Caller the 30.6 million viewers puts Trump at the top of the list for televised inaugurations, “making it the fifth highest since Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration ceremony and higher than Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.” In 1981, Ronald Reagan’s inauguration was seen by 42 million people.
Obama’s first inauguration was the second highest in history with 38 million viewers. It’s no surprise Obama’s second inauguration saw a decline in viewership…along with his approval ratings!