The State Of The Union Is... Dumber

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Since James Madison's 1815 Address, the 'linguistic standard' of the State of the Union speech has plunged. As The Guardian notes, the lowest on record was George H.W. Bush's 1992 address - only just beating Obama's 2011 address for 'dumbest' speech ever. Whether this is representative of the American people as a whole or the lowest common denominator is unclear but one thing in this evening's speech comes to mind; if you were the President, would you invite, as your personal guest, a CEO who 1) has overseen massive wealth destruction in the last six months, 2) refuses to spend his massive cash hoard in the USA, and 3) outsources his manufacturing to china? Dumb and dumber indeed...

 

Using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test the Guardian has tracked the reading level of every state of the union

 

and the Top 20 (or Bottom 20 we guess) Lowest average readability test scores for the Presidents...

 

P.S. in case you didn't know AAPL's CEO Tim Cook is the above-mentioned guest of the President...

 

Source: The Guardian