CNN: Americans too stupid to comprehend Obama’s genius, or something

posted at 10:12 am on June 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Why did Barack Obama lay an egg with his Oval Office speech this week?  Most people assume that his failure to give any specifics on fixing the problem, his attempts to leverage the spill for his policy agenda, and his empty promises of yet another commission and a “czar” painted Obama as an empty suit far out of his depth.  CNN has a different analysis of Obama’s failure — that we’re out of his depth:

President Obama’s speech on the gulf oil disaster may have gone over the heads of many in his audience, according to an analysis of the 18-minute talk released Wednesday.

Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor. The Austin, Texas-based company analyzes and catalogues trends in word usage and word choice and their impact on culture.

Though the president used slightly less than four sentences per paragraph, his 19.8 words per sentence “added some difficulty for his target audience,” Payack said.

As it happens, I have some experience with reading-comprehension levels, from my days in the defense industry.  When writing technical manuals, we had to calculate (by hand in those days) the average reading level in order to satisfy contractual obligations with the various service branches.  Depending on the project and the target readership, those levels ranged between 8th- and 12th-grade levels. A grade level of 9.8 would have been about right for most of our projects, hardly qualifying as too intellectual.

It’s not easy to find data on the American average reading level.  A 1993 study put it somewhere between 8th and 9th grade reading level, which would have been just short of the 9.8 level found by CNN’s expert.  That seems rather low, however, when the US high school graduation rate was 69.2% in 2006.  Granted, not everyone who graduates from high school has a reading level commensurate with the 12th grade, but one has to assume that they do better than middle-school rankings in order to get a high-school diploma.

If they don’t, doesn’t that indict the education system?  We have steadily increased federal spending on education through the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.  If all that gets us is an electorate who mysteriously can’t comprehend a speech given at a writing level equivalent to that of an average 15-year-old kid, then we’ve spent money on the wrong things, and let the wrong people benefit from it.

Besides, there are other problems with this analysis.  Reading levels don’t directly equate to verbal comprehension, for instance, nor does it factor issues like delivery.  Mainly, however, the people criticizing Obama’s speech as wholly inadequate have at the least demonstrated a reading comprehension level above the high-school-freshman level, and have been criticizing it for substantive reasons.  They haven’t been standing around scratching their heads, trying to figure out the President’s vocabulary, and the attempt by CNN to pass it off as just too intellectual for the hoi polloi is both snobbery and ignorance, an amusing and illuminating combination.


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Keep it up, Fellas.
Keep insulting the people…
Then we will love you.

Haiku Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level

Well this proves Obama cannot possibly be charged with writing his own speeches.
The man can’t find his a$$ with both hands in the dark.
Clueless.

Badger40 on June 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM

So does this mean Olbermann and Chris Tingles read at less than a 9th grade level?

This is pretty desperate, CNN.

NoLeftTurn on June 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM

At least about 51% of the voting public is too stupid to understand that this was going to be a failure of epic proportions but hey, he’s got pants crease down pat.

NJ Red on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

We are Dennis Hopper and he is Colonel Kurtz. He’s a great man, he’s a great man… I’m a little man, I’m a little man. He reads poetry out loud… Did you know that if is the middle word in life?

lm10001 on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Obama’s erudite speeches are above my pay grade…

JetBoy on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

It’s always the same.

We’re all stupid.

We’re all racists.

We’re all provincial hicks.

We have no ideas worth consideration.

Only liberals are smart because they appreciate things like the creases in Zippy’s trousers.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

That’s exactly what people were saying 50 years ago about Fidel Castro. Americans were “too ignorant” to understand how wonderful he is, and how lucky Cuba is.

RBMN on June 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level,

Too many shirtless beer bong parties…

Caper29 on June 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

So they’re saying at least 48% of us were able to understand it, right?

rogerb on June 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Only 1 in 5 households actually watched the president’s speech. For those who didn’t watch the speech at all where does that leave them? … too stupid to turn the tv on while His Graciousness was imparting wisdom like only he can?

30 pcs of silver on June 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

lm10001 on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Apocalypse Now?

Count to 10 on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I guess we can assume 53% of the people were stupid enough about 18 months ago.

Sure, he’s in way over his head and his resume backs that up, but he is so darn COOOOOOL!

dirtseller on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Do those knob swabbers and butt kissers ever come up for air? Maybe the speech – its contents and delivery – really were flat out awful.

ya2daup on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I bet these poor knuckle draggers don’t eat kobe beef or arugula either.

BitterClinger on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

19.8 words is called a run-on sentence.

Chuck Schick on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

that about sums it up…good job

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Sadly, someone on Facebook posted this and said it was sad. I was tempted to comment on the post and say that it wasn’t the people’s fault, it was the lack of substance.

That could be why it didn’t go over well, because it was so watered down and platitudinous that nobody really cared or understood what in the h*ll he was talking about.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

So instead of a “crisis of confidence”, Obama and his supporters will point to a “crisis of intelligence”? That’ll go over well with the electorate.

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Nailed it Cody…

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

We see it with our wannabe Elitist posters who lash out with name calling when they are rightly criticized for stating ill-informed opinion as fact. It’s the old, “If you don’t agree with me and think I’m the smartest person in the room, then you’re just too stupid to understand my genius” excuse.

kingsjester on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

HALP US BUHROCK OBAMMA, WE R STUK IN IRAK

Abby Adams on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

and they wonder why their ratings are in the toilet…
Ed, you should have added an addendum to the OOTD this am…

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Yeah, Obama is brilliant. He’s been trying to make us the next Spain. Let’s take a closer look at that, as Spain gets ready to take a bailout that will make Greece look like small change.

hawksruleva on June 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Yep, I had to suffer the CNN channel in the retirement services office on post the other day. Coverage of the spill was on and they really seem to be the only ones left without a little critical analysis of the administration…

Hell, they’re still in the full bucket mode carrying his water for him.

Pathetic.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

uhhhh.. mebbey I kin git me some smerts, so’s I kin unnerstat jist how awwwsum he is? I kud be one a them there Obama Scholars.

JamesLee on June 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I’d love to hear CNN’s explanation for all of the hand movement Obama had going on during that epic failure of a speech. I was wondering if he had his ipod going on and just couldn’t help himself from the groove he was feeling.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Looks like CNN is trying for the title of biggest Obama suck up.

thekingtut on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Well Brilliant!!
Someone please tell CNN that people WATCH is speech, they didn’t read it. NO NO NO Wolf, it’s not the same thing.

LeeSeneca on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Did you know that if is the middle word in life?
lm10001 on June 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

… and live spelled backwards is evil?

Is John F’n Kerry in the Swift boat crew?

ya2daup on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

CNN gets it backwards again.

Vashta.Nerada on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I expect Wolfie and Hack Cafferty to fact-check this analysis on this afternoon’s cartoon show for Democrats, AKA “The Situation Room”.

Del Dolemonte on June 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM

This story must have been written by Susan Roesgen…

“Don’t you know that Obama is giving you $250 bucks and your state a bunch of money? WTH are you complaining about?”

Joe Caps on June 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM

HALP US BUHROCK OBAMMA OBA-MA KENOBI, WE R STUK IN IRAK, UR R ONLY HOAP

Abby Adams on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

o.0 Slight modification.

KinleyArdal on June 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM

that about sums it up…good job

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Did you see the clip of Mika Z, truly a puke-worthy Zip Head, yelling at the guests on their show because they were critical of the speech? She’s such a bimbo that she isn’t even good at being a political hack. Not heavy on brains, that one.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Thank God they have Rick Sanchez at CNN to interpret the speech for all of us small people. Fortunately there were no metric system references.

SlaveDog on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Well Brilliant!!
Someone please tell CNN that people WATCH is speech, they didn’t read it. NO NO NO Wolf, it’s not the same thing.

LeeSeneca on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Excellent point!

Quick! Someone alert the news media!

30 pcs of silver on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

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.”

If you handed that sentence in as part of a 9.7th grade writing assingment, it would come back with come back with three corrections and a grade of C+.

Corrections:

“That is why (COMMA) just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge — (RUN ON) a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist (IS THIS NECESSARY?) and our nation’s(REPETETIVE) secretary of energy(CAPITALIZE). (ARE THESE THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE?)”

Better:

That is why, just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge. This team is led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, who is our nation’s Secretary of Energy.

Haiku Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So does this mean Olbermann and Chris Tingles read at less than a 9th grade level?

This is pretty desperate, CNN.

NoLeftTurn on June 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Well Olbermann did just recieve the 2010 Edward R. Murrow award for Best Writing.

Joe Caps on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor.

Oh Good Lord…

Okay FYI Austin, The President of the United States AKA Commander in Chief, supposedly talked over the heads of his countrymen….lets break that down, Barack H Obama has never ever served in the U.S. Military that requires that all it’s members communicate at 8th Grade Level. That means the least educated must communicate up to 8th Grade level, and the most educated must communicate down to 8th Grade level.

Why? So communication is uniform. Everyone is using same verbage so everyone is on the same page…..so bragging that the President of the United States is at once a Great Communicator, but some how unable to communicate to his countrymen…means he can’t communicate at the level of the people who are serving under his direct command.

Book smart does not equal effective speaker.

Dr Evil on June 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

yes, I did…she probably got an email from the WH before the show…

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

“That is why (COMMA) just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge — (RUN ON) a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist (IS THIS NECESSARY?) and our nation’s(REPETETIVE) secretary of energy(CAPITALIZE). (ARE THESE THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE?)”

Better:

That is why, just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge. This team is led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, who is our nation’s Secretary of Energy.

Haiku Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

@_@ Mind… spinning… brain not programmed for proper sentence structure…

KinleyArdal on June 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Duh, me too stupid to understand long sentences. Me confused.

PhilipJames on June 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

We see it with our wannabe Elitist posters who lash out with name calling when they are rightly criticized for stating ill-informed opinion as fact. It’s the old, “If you don’t agree with me and think I’m the smartest person in the room, then you’re just too stupid to understand my genius” excuse.

kingsjester on June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Now how many trolls here fit that bill? Hmmmmm?

Badger40 on June 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Das rites Paul, weez mericuns iz jus waayz to stooopid to noz wats wuz tolds us…

Fuzzlenutter on June 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Say what? He was too intellectual for the “small” people?I watched some of it and I was actually stunned at how ignorant he sounded. Well not exactly ignorant. More like how full of shit he was. I guess I’m too intellectual.

sandee on June 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Yep, have to agree with CNN on this one. It really is pretty transparent, but too many fail to see the diabolical genius of Obama as he follows in the footsteps of his hero Robert Mugabee.

The confusion occurs because too many people fail to see the ultimate goal of Obama, and presume that he is an honest man with honorable intentions that wants only the best for his country and his people.

You just have to admire the audacity of the young man.

Skandia Recluse on June 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I think those who listened DID get it and that’s why the speech bombed. Average Americans aren’t as stupid as the elitists want to believe.

Beaglemom on June 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Ya think CNN might actually look at the lie Obama told about how there were no places left to drill on land or in shallow waters, and investigate that just a bit.

No, they have no interest in that sort of reporting. CNN is simply a branch of the Progressive movement.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM

So Barry’s a man of words (and empty ones at that). We are a people of actions. He failed.

Patrick S on June 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Well that would explain the Florida Democrats of 2000/2004, Ohio Democrats of 2004/ SC Democrats 2010, and MASS Democrats forever!

UkiddenMe on June 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Obama talking over our heads, cause we’re just not sophisticated enough for such a man…

Fifty-seven states?

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Stuck on stupid…

PatriotRider on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

yes, I did…she probably got an email from the WH before the show…

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

They always resort to yelling, nagging, whining, bitching, bossing and bullying. She spoke to those men as if they were naughty two year olds, and really made a fool of herself. Of course, that happens every time she opens her mouth.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Uh-huh. This coming from the station who proudly presents Wolf “Jeopardy Genius” Blitzer.

Try again.

tru2tx on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Nothing CNN personalities and execs haven’t been telling themselves for the last eight years as THE explanation as to why nobody watches them…

Condescending Nags and Nitwits

SuperCool on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Badger40 on June 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I was trying to be polite. We know who they are.

kingsjester on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Book smart does not equal effective speaker.

Dr Evil on June 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

It also doesn’t mean that you are smart.
My ‘book smart’ students who get straight As in some of my work are completely surprised & unhinged when they get Fs on the critical thinking work.
It’s bcs they are not really smart.
And what really pi$$e$ these kids off is when they ‘dumb’ kid gets As on the critical thinking work & they whine & complain how that kid cheated.
Then I have to go into explanation mode so that they can understand that book smart means NOTHING in the scope of the real world.
You can well imagine that I have some parents at conferences who are enraged that their automatan child is not getting the straight As they were in the 7th & 8th grade.
Explaining this to parents usually leaves them dazedf & confused.

Badger40 on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Looks like CNN is trying for the title of biggest Obama suck up.

thekingtut on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Tell’em that the Gulf oil leak is actually wisdom from Duh Won, and CNN will have it all sucked up in no time flat.

Problem solved!

#@$?!! hole plugged… by CNN’s crack Presdiduncial Tongue-washing Brigade!!

VelvetElvis on June 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Sure, he’s in way over his head and his resume backs that up, but he is so darn COOOOOOL!

dirtseller on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

That’s (one of) the other thing(s) that bothered me about the campaign. Why the hell did people think Dear Liar was cool? He’s a whiner, not a cool guy. And the President of the United States is not cool. The president is The Man, the one cool people complain about. Putting someone who is cool (and as someone who was cool, back in the day, L’il Duce is not cool) in the White House is wrong, he will automatically lose his coolness, and cool people should not want the job. Being president, among other things, means you are responsible at least for the lives of those who wear American uniforms, it calls for a serious person, not a cool person.

rbj on June 17, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Pray for them for they know not what they do.

Nalea on June 17, 2010 at 10:35 AM

It may help explain why most people do not understand the US Constitution and the Federalists Papers.

WashJeff on June 17, 2010 at 10:35 AM

As CNN sprints ahead of MSNBC in the brown-nosing competition mid-way through the second quarter…

ajacksonian on June 17, 2010 at 10:35 AM

…on the other hand, judging by their recent ratings, Americans are smart enough not to watch CNN.

jon1979 on June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade leve

Appropriate: Back in 9.8th grade I was pretty good at making excuses, becoming indignant and vengeful, and generally blaming others, while at the same time avoiding specifics that I might later be held accountable for. I think they may have had and actual 9.8th grader write that thing, or maybe Obama wrote it himself.

forest on June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

But of course! What do you expect from us little people?!

Shy Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Oh, OK. So let’s hope CNN remembers this for the next election cycle. Brilliant eloquent articulateness that gets you elected is bound to doom your presidency to failure because those same people who voted for you are too stupid to understand everything you say after you get elected.

Got it.

Jaynie59 on June 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM

This guy is a fraud. Hell, he’s probably the only employee of this company. He’s nothing more than an Obama hack. Two years ago, he tried to make the claim that Obama was the newest word in the English language.

thekingtut on June 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

indeed and joe has become obama’s best friend, he cannot do any wrong in joe’s eyes, he did well with the speech, he’s doing well with the spill and bashing every conservative he can…. it’s truly unbelievable…

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Hey lay off the Pres….he was talking to the people in 57th state!!

dangitt on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Awesome “look over there!” attempt, CNN!

No, we all GOT teh Won’s message, loud and clear – “I don’t know what the HELL I’M DOING here in this Oval Office thing, so here’s some more vapid platitudes for ya! Now can I go play some damn golf?”

Fishoutofwater on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I guess his explanation is a reason for CNN not being in the Top 30 in ratings. The only ones who watch are too stupid not to. Perfect address to the perfect audience.

volsense on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Naturally, I didn’t listen to the speech, but isn’t it more likely that people did understand – and disapproved?

OldEnglish on June 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

If anyone wants hear “stupid”, the Congress critters are going to be grilling Tony Hayward in a few minutes. Should be a kick-a$$ affair.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

an analysis

So I guess between this one analysis and Paul Begala, it’s official. We are all dumber than a box of rocks.

Shy Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Is it “little” or “small” I can’t keep up with the insults.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Naturally, I didn’t listen to the speech, but isn’t it more likely that people did understand – and disapproved?

OldEnglish on June 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

you would be correct, from all sides of the political spectrum…

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Badger40 on June 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

The one thing that I constantly stressed, over and over to my daughter “Think For Yourself”. When she would come home with an assignment to complete, I would insist she evaluate the assignment, the purpose to boot :) Sometimes teachers would be good at giving some filler to boost a grade average. We called them “Gimmees” I would say to her, look your teacher is giving you all a Gimmie :) Meaning you could figure it out, and complete the assignment pretty easily.

Dr Evil on June 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM

What’s nine meters in English, again?

MNHawk on June 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Boehnert says the admininstration won’t hand over the MMS document from its inspection of the well 10 days prior to the “accident?” Why is that?

Connie on June 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM

forest on June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

It’s probably the time in life that people are their most liberal.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

It’s not that we don’t understand Obama, it’s that we do and seriously don’t like what we see or hear from this inept and corrupt politician.

katieanne on June 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Appropriate: Back in 9.8th grade I was pretty good at making excuses, becoming indignant and vengeful, and generally blaming others, while at the same time avoiding specifics that I might later be held accountable for. I think they may have had and actual 9.8th grader write that thing, or maybe Obama wrote it himself.

forest on June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I did a composition test on this post. The results were as follows:

65.5% 180 proof distilled winsauce
13.6% awesome
11.7% badass
9.1% withering

with the remaining 0.1% being something I cannot identify – tastes like cinnamon, though.

I like, and approve of this mixture.

KinleyArdal on June 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

The problem with the speech is 2 fold.

For the 53% of Americans who initially believed in this guy, a 9.8 grade level skill is too high for their comprehension level.

For the rest of us, we comprehend EXACTLY what this guy is communicating. And we still, 18 months later, don’t like it.

gonnjos on June 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Looks like CNN is trying for the title of biggest Obama suck up.

thekingtut on June 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I thought Paul Begala won that already for his “nothing but net” piece.

Joe Caps on June 17, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Yes, he’s so smart.

What I want to know is DID OBAMA KNOW ABOUT THE LITHIUM BEFORE HE DEPLOYED MORE TROOPS???

BLOOD FOR LITHIUM

griv on June 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Is it “little” or “small” I can’t keep up with the insults.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

And that’s after they changed the script from the original “teeny weeny”.

Shy Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM

In response to my comment at AoS someone summed it up pretty well. His effort to parlay this disaster into a rush to cap-n’-tax which I called “repugnant” was like trying to “sell life insurance at a funeral.”

And STILL no Jones Act waiver.

Beagle on June 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM

As one of them “small people” I have a devil of a time figgerin’ out all them fancy words what Obama is always a usin’. But, dang it all, I shore can smell a big ole heapin’ pile of poo!

mugged on June 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Two things:

1. I would submit that your ‘average’ 9th or 10th grader these days wouldn’t understand the continual martial and WWII references anyway.

2. Yet this same stupid electorate, unable to comprehend the words – handed down from on high – elected this moron in the first place. This dichotomy does not compute…

catmman on June 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The big problem with this I see, is that CNN actually beleives this was the reason his speech was a failure. In their minds Obama is a genius and they have to find something, anything to justify why most Americans thought his speech was a failure. Pathetic.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Shy Guy on June 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Definitely an improvement, much too wordy.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM

If Giggles is so damn brilliant, where are his college transcripts?

crazy_legs on June 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I’m sorry, this is too much…
Wake me when 2012 gets here.

Sharr on June 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

So if CNN thinks the president, and considering their lack of viewership, they are talking over the public’s heads, I suggest that they start speaking in a matter that they think we could understand. That might be worth the entertainment value for a couple of days.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM

me fail english? thats unpossible!
– r wiggum

azkag on June 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I did a composition test on this post. The results were as follows:

65.5% 180 proof distilled winsauce
13.6% awesome
11.7% badass
9.1% withering

with the remaining 0.1% being something I cannot identify – tastes like cinnamon, though.

I like, and approve of this mixture.

KinleyArdal on June 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

It’s dry wit.

With dry wit, a little goes a long way.

SuperCool on June 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM

If that’s really the case, then someone needs to get Obama an Awesome to Duhhhhh dictionary. Because every time he speaks I never know what the hell he’s talking about.

Or maybe, when he talks, he can actually…you know, SAY SOMETHING.

DrAllecon on June 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Ed, can we start getting these posts down to about a grade-level of 6.5 or something? Let’s keep it there till after 9 am and we’re properly caffeinated, then we can bring it up a few grades for the afternoon posts. I now know that I am wholly inadequately commenting on most posts is solely due to the reading comprehension gap between your artful and rhetorical mastery and my dullard interpretations of them.

thanks–
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ted c on June 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

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