Hard to imagine with all the media hype, but Reagan and Idol topped the ratings for Obama’s Presidential Inauguration. The Gipper even did it back in 1981, no doubt without the billions worth of extra free publicity. A study actually shows that Obama received 35 times more news coverage than George W. Bush according to a Reuters news article. To think that Ronald Reagan and American Idol were still able to top it is amazing.
Not to burst the Barack Obama bubble any more than it is, but not only were inaugural balls cancelled due to low attendance, the crowd at the inauguration appears to have been well below estimates and may not have even topped Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 record crowd. The good news is the crowd probably was larger than jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, so the Obama camp could be celebrating that.