Obama Tops Romney: Michelle Beats Ann With Reading Grade Scores and Higher Ratings

September 6, 2012  |  

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The First Lady’s DNC speech caused quite a stir, to put it mildly. Her performance was praised by the media, constituents and viewers. Her wardrobe was the talk of the town. But there was other news about Michelle Obama’s speech — she made oratory history.

According to an analysis by a University of Minnesota political scientist, her speech read at a twelfth grade level. “[B]y that measure,” writes The Raw Story, it was “the most complex speech delivered by a presidential candidate’s spouse at a nominating convention.”

On the other hand, the speech delivered by Mitt Romney’s wife Ann was only on a fifth grade reading level — making it  “the lowest reading level for a spouse’s convention speech since the practice [of measuring the speeches] first began in 1992.”  (The President, by the way, generally delivers his union speeches on an eighth grade level, according to The Raw Story.) The speeches were measured using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test.

There was also another competition between the two women — TV ratings. Obama and Romney both opened their respective conventions. But Michelle Obama pulled in higher ratings for the opening night of the Democratic National Convention than Ann Romney did for the opening of the Republican National Convention, reports CBS News. Nielsen Co. data  revealed that about “26.2 million people watched the opening night of the Democratic National Convention where the first lady was the featured speaker. Compare this to the  22.3 million who watched the first night of the Republican National Convention featuring  potential first lady Ann Romney.”

Obama, says CBS News, even had Twitter jumping. “[S]he was responsible for at least 28,003 tweets per minute shortly after she delivered her speech.” Romney’s Twitter peak was just 6,195 per minute.

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