CNN Asks: Was Obama’s 10th Grade Level Speech too Smart for America?

June 17, 2010


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22 Responses to “CNN Asks: Was Obama’s 10th Grade Level Speech too Smart for America?”

  1. L.D. Luther on June 17th, 2010 2:21 pm

    “Was Obama’s 10th Grade Level Speech too Smart for America?”

    No. Obama’s Speech was too smart for ONLY for that America that Liberals perceive.

    LDL

  2. Antonio Sosa, Florida on June 17th, 2010 5:47 pm

    What CNN should ask is why is Obama working for Soros and not for the America people, as we can see from his speech and his actions regarding the oil spill.

    Obama loaned 2 billion of OUR dollars to Brazil’s Petrobras (one of Soros’ investments) for oil drilling. The moratorium that Obama is forcing on our oil companies will free equipment to be used by Pedrobras.

    Our money and our jobs will be going to Brazil. What a “smart” way for Obama to repay his criminal sponsor Soros, who largely financed Obama’s presidential campaign! The only problem is that it’s all at our expense, and at the expense of our country and our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren.

    IMPEACH Obama before it’s too late!

  3. Chuck Farley on June 17th, 2010 6:49 pm

    “No. Obama’s Speech was too smart for ONLY for that America that Liberals perceive.”

    Can you write this in a coherent statement that a Liberal can understand, please?

  4. MMRMARIN on June 18th, 2010 3:28 am

    I think this makes sense, as sad as it is. It’s human nature that people are more swayed by emotion than reason sometimes, and those who oppose Obama in the media regularly resort to emotional appeals that, despite being illogical, jerk at the heartstrings and effectively sway peoples’ minds.

    President Bush kept things simple to a ridiculous degree, despite being a graduate from an ivy league school. His repetitive use of the word ‘terror’ really had a significant impact on people. He could say the most illogical things (for example, “I think the burden is on those people who think [saddam] didn’t have wmd’s to tell the world where they are”) and get away with it. He was ridiculed, perhaps, but many still believe there were WMDs in Iraq. He kept it simple, and had a (fake) folksy cowboy image that reinforced this simplicity.

    When giving a speech or presentation of any kind, you need to have EMPATHY FOR YOUR AUDIENCE. Giving a speech or presentation is all centered around the audience’s understanding– that is its purpose. It is about the audience, not the speaker’s idiosyncrasies. Speech must be crafted such that it is understood. Things that are difficult to understand must be defined.

    Obama is amazingly articulate, and has written an impressive amount, and has an extraordinary educational background. However, this is clearly showing that he is speaking above our heads, even if the fact that he’s also a great orator makes up for some of this. Most newspapers are written at an 8th grade level, because (I believe, but please correct me if I’m wrong) that is the national average. If Obama is shown to be speaking at a 10th grade level, and using longer words than college constutional law professors, he is illustrating that he does not have proper empathy for his audience– he is speaking to the wrong audience.

    If a high schooler asks a law professor some interview questions, and the law professor answers with scholar-jargon, is the high schooler stupid? No, he’s understandably not as experienced, and the kid should ask the professor to define the jargon, putting it IN PLAIN ENGLISH. Having things said in plain English is just so much more effective– it makes people find you more relatable, at a human level, and makes communication the most effective, at a practical level.

    Instead of putting the burden on the audience to wisen up, and instead of guilting the nation over its average reading level, it’s important to recognize that clarifying something by using simpler language is NOT DUMBER.

    Clarity is elegant– nothing more, nothing less. It’s not ‘dumb.’ This is a matter of CLARITY, this is not the time (as easy as it is) to make the typical stab at the “ignorance of the masses.”

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