The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs analyzed the speeches at this year’s political conventions and found First Lady Michelle Obama’s was written at a much higher grade level than most.
Her husband’s State of the Union speeches have been written at an eighth grade level. And Ann Romney’s speech the week before came in at the lowest grade level among presidential candidates’ spouses since they became a convention fixture twenty years ago.
Do longer sentences and bigger words make for a better speech, though?
If you want to do your own side-by-side comparison, have at it.
Of course, when women take the stage the scrutiny of clothing goes up a couple of notches. Washington Post blogger Suzi Parker brings us up to speed on the flap over Michelle’s dress and what it actually cost, before bemoaning the attention clothes get.