State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level

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    Obama thinks the American people are idiots.

    Or he's an idiot himself.

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    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."

    State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level - POLITICO.com
     
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    Is that not a good thing?

    There are drop-outs in our society that can not read at a grade level past 8th grade!
     
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    Well that pretty much sums it up. President Obama isn't speaking to conservative Republicans, otherwise he would dumb it down to their level of comprehension.
     
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    No, it's not a good thing at all. You don't "dumb down" things in order to accomodate retards. People LEARN via EXPOSURE. My step son, who is 14, tests much lower because he has never been exposed to anything remotely scholarly...I do NOT speak to him as if he's a 4th grader, and when I write to him, I write at MY level, not his. When he doesn't understand (which is rare) then we modify it or he figures it out on his own.
     
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    Eighth graders can read Shakespeare. This is evidence of Obama's arrogance and elitism.
     
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    Evidently not...

    But even though the last five presidents have the lowest five collective scores on this readability test, Obama's speeches were written at a much lower grade level than those recorded by Ronald Reagan (10.3) and George W. Bush (10.4).

    I suspect Obama's speech writers want to make sure his constituency is able to understand him.
     
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    Well, if the 1934 speech is the 4th lowest and all Obama's previous efforts were in the 8th grade level, it can't be to Republicans that he is making his focus

    It would have been useful to show the rankings.

    And with the literacy level of some of the liberals here, (I am looking at you Mascale) I am surprised he didn't go for crayon
     
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    Sheesh try on Dragon, Drock or JS for size.

    You're absolutely right.
     
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    Gotta dumb it down for his Democrat Dummies. He knows his base very well. Surprised he didn't mention DA BOOOOOOOSH.
     
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    The transcript is being released in pop-up format.
     

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