Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Obama’s Acceptance Speech At Ninth Grade Level

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A ninth grader could’ve understood Barack Obama’s widely praised speech at the Democratic National Convention last Thursday (Aug. 28).

According to the Global Language Monitor – a company that analyzes the latest trends in word usage – Obama’s acceptance speech was delivered in words that reflected a ninth grade “reading level,” much more accessible language than his past speaking efforts.

Obama’s simple speech isn’t a bad thing.

In fact, two of the most important speeches in American history – The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream – registered at similar grade levels, 9.1 and 8.8 respectively.

Other speeches at the DNC also ranged from middle school to high school grade levels.

Obama’s vice presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered a 6.4 grade level speech, while wannabe first lady Michelle Obama’s speech was at an 8th grade level.

Hillary Clinton attempted to unite Democrats with an 8.7 grade level discourse, Bill Clinton stepped it up with a smart speech at a 10.3 grade level, and Al Gore’s words were at a 10.5 grade level.

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