I’m glad he’s doing better than Clay Aiken

I watched Barack Obama’s speech  last night. He spoke from 10:16pm until nearly 11, and only faltered once. He tripped over 1 word, but caught himself and went on with it. I can’t have a full conversation – rehearsed or not – and not stumble over a sentence or two. His public speaking abilities are not the sole reason I’d vote for him, since after Bush, there are some elementary school debate teams who would do better.

I’m not surprised the Democratic National Convention trumped the American Idol ratings, since it’s only shown on one channel, but I wonder if the Asssociated Press is taking into account that the Olympics are broadcast on more than one network. They don’t have the ratings for at least 2 networks for Obama’s address last night, I wonder how many they’re missing for the Olympics…

Obama’s speech seen by 38 million viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people.

Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final “American Idol” or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of 80,000 people in Denver.

His TV audience nearly doubled the amount of people who watched John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination to run against President Bush four years ago. Kerry’s speech was seen by just over 20 million people.

Obama’s audience might be higher, since Nielsen didn’t have an estimate for how many people watched Obama on PBS or C-SPAN Thursday night.

From the Associated Press and Google News


9 Responses to “I’m glad he’s doing better than Clay Aiken”

  1. Deb Says:

    What the hell does Obama’s speech have to do with Clay ? I think you just used that as a way to make a cut against Clay. You must be a miserable person to find pleasure in something so stupid. It’s people like you that will turn people like me against Obama because of your asanine remarks against someone as nice and down to earth as Clay. You should publish an apology to Clay.

  2. Jo Says:

    Love your headline – but it isn’t accurate.

    True, Obama beat Idol ’08 and some others years as well, but the Clay Aiken year of ’03, the number was much higher for the finale – in the 40 – 50 million.

    Just say Idol, don’t diminish Clay & Ruben. Thanks.

  3. Kate Says:

    This is great! Now I hope they all go out and vote for him in November.

    Here’s a sweet video: An OBAMA “Love Story”

  4. Laura E. Abel Says:

    I don’t see your reasoning.
    I was posting about Obama’s speech and its television ratings, and I had nothing to say about Mr. Aiken in the least. As Jo has (correctly) pointed out, Clay Aiken wasn’t even competing during the season which the ratings are compared against the Democratic National Convention.

    “Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than […] the final “American Idol” or the Academy Awards this year.”

    As far as publishing an apology to Clay Aiken? For what should I apologize? Supporting a candidate who supports gay rights?

  5. Claybamafan Says:

    Hmmm, can’t see why Clay’s always used in the negative context. Love Obama. Love Clay. Bad comparison.

  6. Kate Says:


    You have nothing to apologize for. Deb sounds like a turd-stirrer posing as an over-the-top Claymate. They do it all the time.

  7. Deb Says:

    Claybamafan was EXACTLY correct. Clay is always used in a negative context and it WAS a very bad comparison.
    Laura should apologize for making it – especially since she did not get the numbers right in the first place.
    And as far as Kate goes – I won’t lower myself to your level to even comment. You are a pitiful person to make such a statement.

  8. Laura E. Abel Says:

    WHY would I apologize for making a comparison between a presidential candidate and the runner-up of the 2003 American Idol?

    The title of my post was simply meant to point out that I am glad that more people watched the Democratic National Convention than American Idol. In the grand scheme of things, it’s more important who is running the country than who is winning votes on a singing competition.

    Barack Obama is a strong man who has been able to overcome adversity, and though I never meant to say anything about Clay Aiken in the least, he too, has overcome a couple of things in his lifetime.

    To be very clear: I was not using Clay in a negative context. I will not apologize for any misunderstandings of my words, or misappropriations of my use of television ratings.

  9. Deb Says:

    There was no misunderstanding. It was a slam against Clay plain and simple.
    It takes a strong person to admit they mis-spoke. Obviously, you are not.

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