Obama's State of the Union Least Publicized in 10 Years

Media reported less on Obama's State of the Union address than any other SOTU in a decade.

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It's the speech that's a year in the making, the president's vision, which annually interrupts an hour of regularly scheduled programming on every major network.

But in the case of President Obama's State of the Union last week; the address ranks as the least publicized presidential speech this decade. [ See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

A HighBeam Research report released today shows that among the official speeches, Obama's Jan. 24 address received less media coverage than any of his or President George W. Bush's State of the Unions.

To conduct the study, HighBeam Research compiled the total number of times the name of the president plus the words "State of the Union Address" appeared in the media in the three days leading up to a speech, the day of and in the two days after the address.

Obama's most recent address was mentioned 504 times in the news, less than half of the media attention the president received for last year's speech.

To make matters worse, President Bush earned more media attention for his State of the Unions than Obama in each comparable year. [ See a photo gallery of the Bush legacy.]

See the results below.

(HighBeam Research excluded the first speeches given by presidents as they were not called State of the Union Addresses.)

President Bush Media Attention

Jan. 20, 2001 (unofficial) 0

Jan. 29, 2002 724

Jan. 28, 2003 1,653

Jan. 20, 2004 1,192

Feb. 2, 2005 983

Jan. 31, 2006 1,419

Jan. 23, 2007 1,683

Jan. 28, 2008 606

President Obama Media Attention

Feb. 24, 2009 (unofficial) 17

Jan. 27, 2010 864

Jan. 25, 2011 1,110

Jan. 24, 2012 504