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Politico: Obama SOTU speech 'registers at 8th grade reading level'

Eric Ostermeier provides data on Obama's sentence structure, length of sentences.

Ostermeier reports "each of Obama's three addresses are among only seven of 70 in the modern era that were written shy of a 9th grade level, and among the six that have averaged less than 17 words per sentence. Obama's 2012 and 2010 addresses averaged 16.6 words per sentence with his 2011 address coming in at 16.8."

News Busters
January 25, 2012

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