OK, maybe it wasn’t flat. From Boston.com:
“According to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey of Americans who watched the address, 68 percent said their reaction to his address was extremely positive and another 24 percent somewhat positive.
Also, 85 percent said his speech made them feel more optimistic about the country’s path in the next few years.”
Also, a lot of people watched. Fifty-twp million viewers, according to Nielsen, as opposed to 40 million for Bush’s first state of the union.