President Obama Talk Pretty One Day

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According to the Flesch-Kincaid test, which determines the complexity of a text by measuring sentence length and word length, President Obama's State of the Union address scored an 8.1, which means it was delivered at the reading-comprehension level of an eighth-grader. That represents the second-lowest score of any orally delivered State of the Union since the mid-thirties. In fact, Obama's average Flesch-Kincaid score for his State of the Union addresses is the lowest among the past thirteen presidents. [Smart Politics]