To Obama, We're Children. To Daniels, We're Adults.
Literally. According to a Flesch-Kincaid analysis by the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics, President Obama's State of the Union addresses have the lowest average score of any modern president. He owns three of the six lowest-scoring addresses since FDR. Last night's speech was written at an 8th grade level. Here are the scores for the modern presidents:
|Rank||President||Words per sentence||Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level|
|8||George W. Bush||19.0||10.4|
|12||George H.W. Bush||17.4||8.6|
We will advance our positive suggestions with confidence, because we know that Americans are still a people born to liberty. There is nothing wrong with the state of our Union that the American people, addressed as free-born, mature citizens, cannot set right.
Sadly, this also might explain why some people prefer Obama's rhetoric to Daniels. Some people prefer being treated as juveniles than as "free-born, mature citizens."