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Obama might write for 8th graders, but he doesn't write like them

Eric Ostermeier discusses "simplistic" nature of Obama's State of the Union based on Flesch-Kincaid test.

The author of the Smart Politics post, Eric Ostermeier, argues that his calculations show that the speeches of our last few presidents--Reagan, Bushes I and II, Clinton-- "have been written more and more simplistically" (his emphasis), with Obama's speeches the most "simplistic" of all.

Slate
January 25, 2012

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