When put to the Flesch-Kincaid readability test gauging the number of words and syllables, President Obama’s State of the Union address came in at a grade level of 8.4, compared with 8.8 last year and the 10.7 average grade level of the 70 State of the Union addresses delivered orally since 1934. President Kennedy aimed highest in his State of the Union speeches: 12th grade. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ GOP response to Obama calculated at a 14th-grade level.
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