The media punditry continues to slice and dice President Obama’s speech on the gulf oil disaster, but an interesting observations was made by Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor, an Austin, Texas-based company that analyzes word usage and word choice. Even though the Oval Office address was written at a 10th grade level, Payack says the president may have gone over the heads of his target audience.
From Global Language Monitor:
President Obama’s Oil Spill speech echoed his elite ethos, with a broad plan for an alternative-energy future and few specifics. The only specifics of the address were the continuation of the off-shore drilling ban, effectively putting tens of thousands of Gulf Coast jobs in jeopardy.
The speech certainly had its faults and left many of the president’s supporters flat, but did its phraseology put off the average citizen enough to make Obama “(appear) aloof and out of touch,” with the ongoing disaster? That seems a bit of a stretch and maybe even more over analyzing by a 24-hour cable news media that needs fodder.
And in the rush to criticize a not-so-good speech, cable news outlets have overlooked the more important story that the Obama administration reached a preliminary agreement with BP executives that would see the oil company pay $20 billion over several years into an independently controlled escrow account. Even if the speech went over the audiences head, which is debatable, the president negotiated a hefty compensation for Gulf of Mexico residents affected by the disastrous oil spill.