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Talking down to America

Eric Ostermeier provides analysis on the "simplicity" of Obama's State of the Union.

It started with this post from Eric Ostermeier, at the University of Minnesota's "Smart Politics" web site: "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."

The Economist
January 27, 2012

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