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State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level
politico ^ | 1/25/12 | BYRON TAU

Posted on 01/25/2012 7:55:46 AM PST by Skeez

President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level, on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934.

The University of Minnesota's Smart Politics conducted an analysis on the last 70 State of the Union addresses and found that President Obama's three addresses have the lowest grade average of any modern president. "Obama's average grade-level score of 8.4 is more than two grades lower than the 10.7 grade average for the other 67 addresses written by his 12 predecessors," they conclude.

"The Flesch-Kincaid test is designed to assess the readability level of written text, with a formula that translates the score to a U.S. grade level. Longer sentences and sentences utilizing words with more syllables produce higher scores. Shorter sentences and sentences incorporating more monosyllabic words yield lower scores," the University of Minnesota's Eric Ostermeier explains.

Obama's use of simple language is in part a reflection of his audience: the American voter in an election year. And it's part of a larger trend in simpler State of the Union language as the speech as transitioned from a simple address to Congress into a prime-time televised event.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: obama; sotu

1 posted on 01/25/2012 7:55:54 AM PST by Skeez
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To: Skeez

Either he wrote it himself, or it was dumbed down because that is his base


2 posted on 01/25/2012 7:57:35 AM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: Skeez

Obama knows his audience.


3 posted on 01/25/2012 7:58:18 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: Skeez

How else would the democrat base understand the speech?


4 posted on 01/25/2012 7:59:52 AM PST by Arcy
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To: silverleaf

Either he wrote it himself, or it was dumbed down because that is his base

Well on Fox they did say Obama wrote the speech


5 posted on 01/25/2012 8:00:24 AM PST by molson209
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To: Skeez

So, most progressives will be able to understand the words. But not the substance.


6 posted on 01/25/2012 8:01:02 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Skeez

Wonder who wrote it for him?

Pray for America


7 posted on 01/25/2012 8:04:47 AM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Skeez

I am surprised it scored that high.


8 posted on 01/25/2012 8:06:13 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Skeez

So he was talking over the heads of most liberals.


9 posted on 01/25/2012 8:06:24 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Skeez

Well Duh!....there’s a shock!...He acts like he’s talking down to group of eight year olds whenever he talks to the nation. That’s just another reason I could not stand listening to him from the start!


10 posted on 01/25/2012 8:08:04 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Skeez

It’s all just part of the radical left’s dumbing down of America agenda.


11 posted on 01/25/2012 8:10:30 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Arcy
How else would the democrat base causus understand the speech?
12 posted on 01/25/2012 8:10:30 AM PST by digger48
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To: Arcy
How else would the democrat base causus understand the speech?
13 posted on 01/25/2012 8:11:42 AM PST by digger48
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To: Skeez

It sounded more like a high school pep rally.


14 posted on 01/25/2012 8:11:47 AM PST by RC2
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To: Skeez

And that is STILL a few grade levels over his main constituency. Oh well, no worries, since they don’t need to be convinced to vote for him again anyway....


15 posted on 01/25/2012 8:12:58 AM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Skeez

Obama 2010: “It’s time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs.

Obama 2012: “Colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.”

***

Obama 2010: “And we should continue the work by fixing our broken immigration system.”

Obama 2011: “I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.”

Obama 2012: “I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration.”

***

Obama 2010: “We face a deficit of trust.”

Obama 2012: “I’ve talked tonight about the deficit of trust . . .”

***

Obama 2010: “We can’t wage a perpetual campaign.”

Obama 2012: “We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign.”


16 posted on 01/25/2012 8:12:58 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Skeez
The only phrases absent were “Like, literally,” “Like, Oh my God,” “Amazin’,” or “You know what I mean?”
17 posted on 01/25/2012 8:15:32 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Skeez

If you are a “respectable conservative” you are not supposed to notice that half the D voters have IQs below 90 and cannot really have graduated from high school.


18 posted on 01/25/2012 8:16:44 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: silverleaf

It’s too bad this administration cannot employ the mathematical skill of an eight grader. Then could finally understand why their economic policies do not work.


19 posted on 01/25/2012 8:20:51 AM PST by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Arcy

I don’t believe his democrat base - at lest those with no greater than an 8th grade vocabulary - would even be watching the SOTU. Lowest-commom-denominator public speaking has always bugged the hell out of me.


20 posted on 01/25/2012 8:22:34 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Skeez

Consultants to the newspaper business (when it was a viable business) used to advise editors not to write their papers at anything over the 6th. grade level. To do so in their view would be going over the heads of their audience.

The New York Times is supposedly written at an 8th. grade level, and for that they pound their chests and crow about their literary prowess.

For the audience that Obama was trying to reach, “Pat the Bunny” might have been more appropriate.


21 posted on 01/25/2012 8:29:00 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: silverleaf

Ok, so he wrote this speech, but did he write this e-mail sent right before his speech?

I’m heading to Capitol Hill soon to deliver my third State of the Union address.

Before I go, I want to say thanks for everything you’re doing.

Tonight, we set the tone for the year ahead. I’m going to lay out in concrete terms the path we need to take as a country if we want an economy that works for everyone and rewards hard work and responsibility.

I’m glad to know you’ll be standing with me up there.

Barack

—–

Support President Obama. Make a donation today.


22 posted on 01/25/2012 8:39:19 AM PST by Xyz22 (Snakebit again)
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To: Skeez
Of course it had to be that low. It couldn't have any complicated words, such as “Navy Corpsman”, that Obama would be unable to read or comprehend.
23 posted on 01/25/2012 8:40:02 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Baynative

bttt

Rev. James “Obama is a Mack Daddy” Manning’s Take on the State of the Union Address (He’s for Gingrich)

Hilarious! MUST SEE VIDEO: http://hillbuzz.org/must-see-rev-james-mannings-take-on-the-state-of-the-union-address-43724


24 posted on 01/25/2012 8:40:53 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Xyz22

Sorry—I posted too soon. To add— has any other president, ever, sent out a campaign e-mail before a SOTU speech!? This is beyond disgusting.


25 posted on 01/25/2012 8:45:47 AM PST by Xyz22 (Snakebit again)
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To: Skeez

Way over the heads of his followers.

But that just lets the media do it’s job of interpreting it to mean whatever his followers desire.


26 posted on 01/25/2012 8:48:09 AM PST by mrsmith (What Tea Party nominee have you found for your House seat?)
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To: Skeez

I don’t know if others have noticed this, but Obama’s speaking voice has been changing over the years.

The first time I ever heard him speak (around 2003/04), and heard his deep voice tones and overall quality of his voice, I figured we were in trouble. It was just a great speaking voice.

Lately, however, he’s become what I guess I would call, strident. Not so much whiny (though it wouldn’t be hard to get to whiny from where he’s at now) but strident, insistent, more high-pitched, like, well, like someone not getting his way anymore.

It’s like he knows he can’t relax and bask in the glories of his accomplishments, but rather, that he’s beginning to realize his time to change the country is short, and that there’s a chance everything he’s tried to do, or has already done, might soon be undone.

So, if the current progression continues, I hope he’s whining like a baby in 2013/14 as he watches everything he worked for get reversed by a Republican House, Senate, President, and eventually, a conservative Supreme Court.


27 posted on 01/25/2012 8:53:25 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Skeez
Even President Camacho would have had a higher level than Obama:

S---. I know s---'s bad right now, with all that starving bulls---, and the dust storms, and we are running out of french fries and burrito coverings. But I got a solution.

28 posted on 01/25/2012 8:53:25 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Skeez

Wasn’t GWB ridiculed for having low-grade averages in his speeches? And so now it’s a virtue. Who knew?


29 posted on 01/25/2012 8:59:58 AM PST by kevao
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To: Skeez

The SOTU must have sounded pretty dang good to a moran.


30 posted on 01/25/2012 9:05:06 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Skeez
Whenever Obama gives a speech he continually uses the incorrect, lazy expressions of: "I'm gonna" as opposed to saying "I am going to," and "We gotta," as opposed to "We have to." And worse, he often says "they've Got,' - who says they have got but someone who, even with a teleprompter, can't speak English properly? I cringe each time. When I was in school our English teachers would have slapped our hands for speaking as Obama does. (But, I guess being in Indonesian schools, learning to speak proper English was not important. Didn't his mom "learn him nothin?" LOL ) This is a Harvard graduate?

So, I am surprised that his SOTU speech even scored at the eighth grade level. He destroys our language and talks like an uneducated six-year-old.

31 posted on 01/25/2012 9:33:27 AM PST by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of the decline of the USA)
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To: silverleaf

He doesn’t have a clue what’s on those teleprompters when he appears. Two parts of this speech were given before.


32 posted on 01/25/2012 9:36:10 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Skeez
Statement: "State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level"

Reponse: No surprise here.

33 posted on 01/25/2012 9:36:23 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Skeez

Well he is talking to his supporters and they are none too smart no matter what they tell each other....


34 posted on 01/25/2012 9:42:50 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

I always get a kick out of Mussolini profile when he juts his jaw out. And they say Reagan was an actor!


35 posted on 01/25/2012 10:26:24 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: dfwgator
LOL.

A great comedy-and unfortunately, probably a portent of our future as a country.

36 posted on 01/25/2012 11:45:28 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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