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Unread 26th January 2012, 05:22 PM
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Analysis: Obama’s State of the Union Address written at 8th grade level;...

....Pope’s homilies at 11th grade

The other day, Elizabeth Scalia asked “Is great oratory over and done?” She made a compelling case that, yes, the era of truly eloquent speechifying is a thing of the past. She also quoted an off-the-cuff speech that remains, for me...

Analysis: Obama’s State of the Union Address written at 8th grade level; Pope’s homilies at 11th grade...
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Well, that makes sense. That's probably about the right level for most President Obama's audience (i.e. the average American) to understand. The Pope's homilies probably have a more... cerebral average consumer.
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I don't find the grade level at which the President's 70 minute long speech was written to be strange at all...

After all, he had to think about his primary audience--the members of Congress. All those Tea Partiers who were elected in November, 2010 certainly dumbed down the Congressional IQ.
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