Friday, June 18, 2010

Analysts: Americans too dumbed down to understand Obama speech

On the one hand, he may have a point. But then again, unless Americans have reached Idiocracy levels and I didn't quite notice it, I don't see anything about Obama's speech that would confuse anyone except possibly those whose vaccines did more damage than they were designed to do, or maybe overdosed on sodium fluoride.

But perhaps what these talking heads were really trying to suggest was, that when Americans inevitably fail to attain enlightenment from hearing the words of their Dear Leader, and his poll numbers continue to slip, it's because Americans are too stupid to understand the overall goodness and divinity of His plan.

    CNN -

    [...]Obama's speech may have gone over the heads of many in his audience, according to an analysis of the 18-minute talk released Wednesday by Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor.

    Tuesday night's speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Payack, who gave Obama a "solid B." His Austin, Texas-based company analyzes and catalogues trends in word usage and word choice and their impact on culture.

    He singled out this sentence from Obama as unfortunate: "That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation's best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge -- a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation's secretary of energy."

    "A little less professorial, less academic and more ordinary," Payack recommended. "That's the type of phraseology that makes you [appear] aloof and out of touch."

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