A Bush supporter I know complained, bitterly, after the presidential debate that despite a generally accepted good showing, Kerry was not presidential material, in part, because of his use of 'complicated language.'
I didn't have any trouble understanding Kerry. Bush on the otherhand seemed incapable to constructing a complete sentence, let alone a group of utterances all relevant to a single point. Even his 'wrong war,' wrong time, wrong place' mantra seems to bolster Kerry's position on the Iraqi invasion.
Washington — For a pair of Ivy League graduates who studied oratory at Yale, George W. Bush and John Kerry struck just the ideal level of elocution in their first televised debate: They talked as though they wanted to be easily understood by preteens.
"Most Americans, even those who have graduated from high school, still operate at a sixth- or seventh-grade level of language," said Robert Beard, chief executive officer of yourDictionary.com.
The Lewisburg, Pa., firm analyzed a transcript of Thursday evening's 90-minute presidential debate, using the Flesch-Kincaid test that measures the grade level of language.
"Not unexpectedly, John Kerry's language was more erudite than George Bush's, but only slightly," Mr. Beard said. The grade level of Mr. Kerry's language during the debate was 7.3. Mr. Bush was about half a school year behind at 6.8. More