I feel vindicated

I’ve always thought President Obama’s speeches sounded like they were written by an undergrad, and I’ve never understood people who said his speeches were great. I think it’s more likely that he’s a great mouthpiece and that Thomas Sowell rightly observed that “One of Barack Obama’s great gifts is the ability to say things that are absolutely absurd and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring.”

Vocative ran a few hundred Presidential speeches through a readability test that assigns a grade level to a piece of writing based on complexity (basically). The first finding is that on paper “Speeches have grown less sophisticated over time.” It also scores his speeches as not that much more complex than George W. Bush’s.