White House Doesn't Think You're Smarter Than an 8th Grader

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I couldn’t bring myself to watch the State of the Union Speech last night so I can’t offer any qualified criticism.  However, I believe Politico is probably right on target with this explanation of how and why it was , to quote Charlotte Iserbyt, “Deliberately Dumbed Down.” ~LTG

State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level

President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934.
The University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics conducted an analysis on the last 70 State of the Union addresses and found that President Obama’s three addresses have the lowest grade average of any modern president. “Obama‘s average grade-level score of 8.4 is more than two grades lower than the 10.7 grade average for the other 67 addresses written by his 12 predecessors,” they conclude.
“The Flesch-Kincaid test is designed to assess the readability level of written text, with a formula that translates the score to a U.S. grade level. Longer sentences and sentences utilizing words with more syllables produce higher scores. Shorter sentences and sentences incorporating more monosyllabic words yield lower scores,” the University of Minnesota’s Eric Ostermeier explains.
Obama’s use of simple language  is in part a reflection of his audience.
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0 responses to “White House Doesn't Think You're Smarter Than an 8th Grader

  1. I lasted 15 minutes and had to turn it off.
    I have a very low tolerance for steaming BS.
    As for the 8th grade reading level, the Dear Ruler’s handlers wanted to make sure their goonion friends could understand what he was saying.
    -Not that he actually said anything.

  2. he probably loaded up on junk food before his speech so his brain level would be significantly lower which enables him to reach out to the morons who still listen to him.

  3. They aren’t called dumocrats for nothing!

  4. Of course, Obama always addresses his audiences as if they had the mentality of a ten year old, but I just wish he wouldn’t lie. He said that Buffett’s secretary paid more taxes than Buffett did. This is just not true. She paid a higher tax rate, but not higher taxes. For the POTUS this is very misleading.

  5. He dumbed it down for Republicans. Apparently it still went over their heads.
    Seriously, all advice for general audience public speaking is to aim for an 8th grade level. This is standard. Bush aimed at kindergarten level.

    • Care to provide a link to validate your claim of Bush’s speeches?
      While you are at it, can you provide a link to Skippy’s college transcripts? Thanks!

      • Your opinion. Everyone’s got one, sweetie.
        You’d be more credible by providing evidence to support your claims. I know that might take a little effort. Just stick to name calling. Less taxing on your brain.
        Skippy is the current fraud occupying the WH.

        • What more evidence do you need than the disaster that was Bush’s two terms? Holy COW!! NO net job gains in eight years, and running out the back door with the economy going off the cliff due to GP economic policies?
          Wow, you’re so clueless.
          “Skippy” saved your butt. Without Obama, you’d be selling pencils on a street corner like the last time your side caused a Great Depression. Look, you’re not passing the smell test here. You get an A for effort, but really, even Bush knew he screwed the pooch when he was on the way out.

          • If there was a test you’d fail. Course under the current government indoctrination system, you’d get an A!
            Without links to support your claims, it’s just an opinion. You want to make the claims, back them up. Until then, you’re just hot air wasting my time. Go play with your ilk at Daily Kooks, or just go play with yourself.

            • Just stay out of our way, we’re busy fixing your mistakes, mmm-kay?
              You’re the one with no links and no cites and no facts. Maybe tomorrow’s memo from the Kochs will give you a better argument. But I doubt it!

          • Why is it I get the feeling that you have several sets of kneepads personally autographed by Barney Frank?
            Seriously, you are not remotely intelligent enough to be posting here.

            • You get that feeling because you’ve been told to by your masters, slave. You have no actual facts to back up your ludicrous claims. Hint: Your side ruined the economy, my side is saving it. The numbers show this. Sux to be you. Obama in a landslide, bigger than ’08!

              • As a libertarian, I have no masters, you ignorant puke, but you would jump off a cliff if your dem masters told you to.
                And your precious Dear Ruler is not saving our economy, he is only destroying it – which is what he promised to do.
                But you are too stupid to see it.
                If you think Obama’s spending more money than every president that came before him is saving our economy, then you are nothing but an ignorant fool, and not worth another minute of my time.

            • Dave- LOLOLOL!! Nice….. 🙂

    • The only heads that BS speech went over were those of trolls like you while hiding under your bridges.
      If it weren’t for government “education” that has been dumbing down America for 100 years, the Dear Ruler would have never even been elected.
      And if you believe any of the demonstrable BS he spewed in that speech last night, then you had probably better vote for Obama in November, else you just might starve to death.

      • Saved the economy? Again, where’s the proof? That little concept is touchy with you I see…
        GOP-caused depression? Tell me, who was in charge of Senate and Congress the majority of the years, ramming through the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac baloney that hosed the housing/mortgage industry? Think really hard…if possible.
        Dems OWN national security? Yeah, if that includes bowing to foreign leaders. Skippy has that NAILED.
        How much Soro’s paying you to be so stoopid?

        • Hey, who was that who got bin Laden again?
          Yes, GOP caused depression, just like the Roaring Twenties that ended with the big crash. Thanks for showing you know nothing about the cause of the financial crisis. Smart people do, though, and don’t worry, they’re doing something about it, with no help from the Republicans who caused it,.

          • There is frozen dogsh*t on the Siberian tundra that is smarter than you.
            Most here know who is responsible for the housing bubble collapse, and it wasn’t GWB, you government-educated dumbass.

            • What you know can be inscribed on the head of a pin, mouth-breather.
              Banking deregulation caused the collapse. GOP policy. And today they’re claling for rolling back the measures taken iun the wake fo the Great Bush GOP Recession of 2007-2008 to let it happen again! Not in dispute. Ask the Koch Brothers if they’ll let you do some independent reading, maybe you can still save yourself.

          • AlCum (apply named), Seal Team got bin Laden, I don’t think BO was even in the vicinity…

      • Hey Al… You have one sentence..ONE..that is correct! You should be proud! The opener…yes, we are sad… sad that there are people of your calibur that breed and vote…LOL… My, my, Al…now please go back under your rock and we will be happy once more…hmmm, I feel better already! 🙂

      • Given your SN, is it possible you have a thing for Al Gore?

  6. Please go to website YouTube and watch the documentary by Alex Jones of Infowars.com called ‘The Obama Deception’ now at around 10,000,000. views. Please also concider going to website Change.org and after carefully reading the petitions decide which ones to sign.Many are against the same things this website is against ,many accomplish their goals. Thankyou and please Paul Revere this info. to literally everyone you come in contact with ! We are literally fighting for freedom,truth, justice,and this nation under God!

    • What is actually breathtaking is the lefts continued fascination with communism – the most failed form of government the world has yet seen.

      • “Communism” BWAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!! What a loon!
        Get your head out of the comics, goober. There’s a real world out here and it’s leaving you behind.

        • Too bad your abusive parents packed you off to government school, as had they not, you would know what communism actually is.
          But you are too f’ing stoopid even to begin to comprehend it.
          Sucks to be you, I guess.
          But after all, ignorance is bliss, and as such, you must be among the happiest blokes on the planet.
          You are already a government slave, and you are too stupid to even realize it.
          You are nothing but a useful idiot.
          In a word, you are a tool.

        • My My, FOTM must be scaring someone. AlCum you keep bringing up the Coch Bros., so I figure you are being paid by their antithesis, Soros.
          I’m sorry but you have picked the wrong web site to spout your venom, the folks here are well informed and too intelligent to fall for your stupidity…

  7. Poor poor racist birthers! Can’t stand that a black president got bin Laden!

  8. The TRUTH BE KNOWN, 3/4 of the American is just smart enough to keep
    from shitting in their pants! The American citizens are dumb as a sack of hammers when it comes to this Socialist Government! Semper Fi.


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