Wingnuts Hoot at Obama Speech, But 91% of Americans Approve
Apparently, some people have nothing better to do: ‘My Message is Simple’: Obama’s SOTU Written at 8th Grade Level for Third Straight Year.
For the third consecutive State of the Union Address, Barack Obama spoke in clear, plain terms.
And for the third straight Address, the President’s speech was written at an eighth-grade level.
In Obama’s own words: “My message is simple.”
But was it too simplistic?
A Smart Politics study of the 70 orally delivered State of the Union Addresses since 1934 finds the text of Obama’s 2012 speech to have tallied the third lowest score on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, at an 8.4 grade level.
Of course, you already know what an article like this will provoke from the right wing idiot blogs (which are usually written at a second-grade level): raving and jeering. For example…
But … but … but … he’s the smartest president evah!
The wingnuts may hoot and gibber, but a CBS News poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans approved of Obama’s speech: Poll: High Marks for Obama’s State of the Union Speech.
An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News poll of speech watchers.
According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president’s address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.
Correction: although it’s been linked all over the blogosphere today, the poll in this post was actually from last year. Apologies for missing that; I’ll update if new poll results become available.