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Eric Ostermeier reports that Obama's last three State of the Union speeches have been at 8th grade reading level.

"If the audience is Congress, as was the original, intended purpose of the speech, then brief policy outlines, episodic illustrations, and short sound bites are probably not very instructive," says Mr. Ostermeier, who based his conclusions on something called the Flesch-Kinkaid readability test.

The Washington Times
January 25, 2012

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