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State Of The Union Address Collection On Kindle


State Of The Union Address Collection

State Of The Union Address Collection

A complete collection of State Of The Union Address Speeches by US Presidents has been published by State Of The Union Address Library on Amazon Kindle. It includes speeches of every president starting with George Washington in 1793 up to the most recent 2011 speech of Barack Obama. While you can also read these texts for free on the website itself and in many other public sources, this book conveniently puts them all together in one publication with active table of contents.

Having all of these texts at hand (courtesy of aforementioned website) I’ve decided to do a small project – I ran all these speeches through readability analyzer at readability.info to get readability scores by different systems. I did this merely for fun and publish the raw data as it is without making any kind of political statement. Make of it what you will and don’t blame anyone since all that you will see here are mere statistical numbers calculated by a machine that doesn’t care one way or another.

Here are some obvious trends that I’ve noticed:

  • State of the Union speeches tended to be much longer in the 19th century and much shorter in the 18th. There are two notably long speeches in the 20th century: Harry Truman’s speech of 1946 (end of World War II) and Jimmy Carter’s speech of 1981 that summarises his presidency.
  • Most readability indexes started to decline starting from the beginning of the 20th century. While it may signify that US presidents and their speech writers started to target a wider audience with these speeches (perhaps due to a much wider distribution via electronic mass media) you should also keep in mind that all these tests were created in the 20th century with modern English language in mind.

Here’s the raw data and some select graphs related to these speeches:

Year President Party Words ARI Coleman-Liau Flesch Fog Kincaid Lix School Grade
1790 George Washington None 1153 23 14 29.2 23.8 19.4 69.7 11
1790 George Washington None 1476 18.8 13 42.7 20 15.8 61.5 11
1791 George Washington None 2384 21.1 13.8 34.4 22.2 17.9 66.2 11
1792 George Washington None 2174 18.8 13.3 38.8 20.3 16.3 61.6 11
1793 George Washington None 2043 18.6 12.6 42.9 19.5 15.9 59.8 11
1794 George Washington None 2990 20 13.2 38.6 20.9 16.9 64.1 11
1795 George Washington None 2058 20.5 14.1 35.5 21.5 17.3 65.9 11
1796 George Washington None 2953 19.9 13.1 38.2 20.8 17 63.6 11
1797 John Adams Federalist 2138 19 13.1 41 19.7 16.1 61.4 11
1798 John Adams Federalist 2294 21.5 13.2 35.8 22 18.1 66.2 11
1799 John Adams Federalist 1580 22.3 13.6 31.9 22.9 18.9 68.6 11
1800 John Adams Federalist 1446 18.3 13.4 41.9 19.7 15.6 60.5 11
1801 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 3297 19.5 13 39.1 20.6 16.7 62.8 11
1802 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2279 19.2 12.4 43.1 19.7 16.2 61.2 11
1803 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2356 26.3 13.8 25.6 25.7 21.6 76.3 11
1804 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2166 22.9 13 34.5 22.8 19 68.7 11
1805 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 3024 20 12 43 20.4 16.8 62.6 11
1806 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2943 20.6 12.8 39.3 21 17.3 63.9 11
1807 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2472 21.1 12.8 39.2 21.2 17.5 65.2 11
1808 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2769 20.6 13.1 37.4 21.5 17.5 65.2 11
1809 James Madison Democratic-Republican 1905 24.5 13.2 27.2 25 20.7 72.8 11
1810 James Madison Democratic-Republican 2526 22.3 13.8 31.5 22.7 18.8 69.4 11
1811 James Madison Democratic-Republican 2350 26.6 13.7 23.3 26.3 22.2 77.6 11
1812 James Madison Democratic-Republican 3329 20.4 13.2 36.8 21.3 17.4 65.8 11
1813 James Madison Democratic-Republican 3339 25.7 12.9 27.7 25.4 21.4 75.5 11
1814 James Madison Democratic-Republican 2192 22.5 12.7 35.5 22.2 18.8 68.4 11
1815 James Madison Democratic-Republican 3237 28.8 13.8 16.4 28.2 24.1 83.6 11
1816 James Madison Democratic-Republican 3445 25.1 13.2 25.5 25.5 21.3 74.8 11
1817 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 4515 19.4 12.5 42.6 20 16.4 61 11
1818 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 4458 21 13.2 37.8 21.3 17.5 65.1 11
1819 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 4796 19.1 12.5 44.9 19.5 15.9 60.3 11
1820 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 3542 21.7 12.4 37.7 21.9 18.2 65.9 11
1821 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 5947 20.6 12.2 41.3 20.8 17.3 64.1 11
1822 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 4845 21.5 12.4 37.9 21.9 18.1 65.9 11
1823 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 6516 18.7 12.7 42.8 19.8 15.9 60.6 11
1824 James Monroe Democratic-Republican 8535 18.3 12.4 45.5 19.2 15.4 58.8 11
1825 John Quincy Adams Whig 9187 22.9 12.6 32.5 23.3 19.4 69.5 11
1826 John Quincy Adams Whig 7797 23.7 12.6 31.7 23.9 20 70.6 11
1827 John Quincy Adams Whig 7176 23.2 13 32.2 23.4 19.5 70 11
1828 John Quincy Adams Whig 7494 20.6 12.8 37.4 21.2 17.5 65 11
1829 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 10655 19.1 12.8 40 20.4 16.5 62.3 11
1830 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 15118 20.8 13.1 36.2 21.6 17.7 65.1 11
1831 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 7292 23.3 12.8 33.1 23.3 19.5 69.9 11
1832 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 7984 21.2 12.7 36.8 21.9 18 66.3 11
1833 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 8017 23.2 12.6 34 23.2 19.4 70 11
1834 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 13591 22.5 12.8 33.8 23.1 19 68.7 11
1835 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 10937 24 12.7 31.6 24 20.1 71.5 11
1836 Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 12516 22.4 12.5 34.6 22.8 19 68.6 11
1837 Martin Van Buren Democratic-Republican 11581 22.1 13 33.8 22.7 18.8 68 11
1838 Martin Van Buren Democratic-Republican 11646 23.8 13.3 29.6 24.1 20 72 11
1839 Martin Van Buren Democratic-Republican 13521 21.2 12.7 37.2 21.7 17.9 65.6 11
1840 Martin Van Buren Democratic-Republican 9101 26.9 13.7 23.1 26.5 22.3 78.2 11
1841 John Tyler Independent 8374 22.2 12.4 34.6 22.6 18.9 67.8 11
1842 John Tyler Independent 8551 21.9 12.4 36.4 22.3 18.5 66.4 11
1843 John Tyler Independent 8149 22.4 12.6 34.6 22.7 18.9 67.9 11
1844 John Tyler Independent 9424 18.9 12.7 41.1 19.9 16.2 61.1 11
1845 James Polk Democratic 16243 20 12.5 40.4 20.6 16.9 63.1 11
1846 James Polk Democratic 18474 21.2 12.2 38.1 21.6 18 65.3 11
1847 James Polk Democratic 16673 20.2 12.1 41.1 20.7 17.1 63 11
1848 James Polk Democratic 21610 19.6 12.6 40.6 20.4 16.7 62.1 11
1849 Zachary Taylor Whig 7750 20.4 13.1 36.7 21.4 17.4 65 11
1850 Millard Fillmore Whig 8450 19.4 12.8 40.1 20.5 16.6 62.9 11
1851 Millard Fillmore Whig 13511 20.5 12.5 38.8 21.2 17.4 64.8 11
1852 Millard Fillmore Whig 10090 19 12.7 41.6 20 16.2 61.7 11
1853 Franklin Pierce Democratic 9720 22.4 13.1 32.9 22.8 19 68.6 11
1854 Franklin Pierce Democratic 10286 21.2 13.5 35.5 21.7 17.8 66.8 11
1855 Franklin Pierce Democratic 11746 23.4 13.3 30 23.7 19.8 70.9 11
1856 Franklin Pierce Democratic 10632 22.3 13.3 31.4 22.9 19 68.9 11
1857 James Buchanan Democratic 13873 19.3 12.7 41.1 20.3 16.4 62.3 11
1858 James Buchanan Democratic 16595 18.2 12.8 43.2 19.3 15.5 60 11
1859 James Buchanan Democratic 12639 18.1 12.4 44.6 19 15.5 59.7 11
1860 James Buchanan Democratic 14231 16.6 12.7 45.5 18.2 14.5 56.3 11
1861 Abraham Lincoln Republican 7094 17.5 12.4 44.8 19 15.2 59 11
1862 Abraham Lincoln Republican 8557 14.1 12 54.1 15.7 12.3 50.7 9
1863 Abraham Lincoln Republican 6294 17.4 12.8 44 18.6 15 58.5 11
1864 Abraham Lincoln Republican 6046 15.7 12.4 49.4 17.2 13.6 54.7 11
1865 Andrew Johnson Democratic 9331 18.2 12.4 44 19.3 15.6 59.1 11
1866 Andrew Johnson Democratic 7304 20.5 13.6 35.2 21.3 17.5 65.2 11
1867 Andrew Johnson Democratic 12210 17.2 12.5 45.6 18.7 14.9 57.4 11
1868 Andrew Johnson Democratic 9946 19.4 13.1 39.7 20.3 16.5 62.7 11
1869 Ulysses S Grant Republican 7871 17.2 12.5 45.8 18.5 14.8 57.6 11
1870 Ulysses S Grant Republican 8925 17.9 12.3 45 18.8 15.3 59.1 11
1871 Ulysses S Grant Republican 6520 17.1 12.9 44.1 18.7 14.9 58.4 11
1872 Ulysses S Grant Republican 4038 19.1 12.8 41.1 20.3 16.3 62 11
1873 Ulysses S Grant Republican 10195 18.9 12.6 41.5 19.8 16.2 61.8 11
1874 Ulysses S Grant Republican 9316 18.3 12.7 42.2 19.6 15.8 60.6 11
1875 Ulysses S Grant Republican 12410 19.2 12.6 40.6 20.2 16.5 61.5 11
1876 Ulysses S Grant Republican 6946 19.6 12.7 40.6 20.4 16.7 62.2 11
1877 Rutherford B Hayes Republican 8193 20.2 12.9 37.4 21.1 17.3 64.4 11
1878 Rutherford B Hayes Republican 8114 19.2 13.2 39.1 20.4 16.5 62.9 11
1879 Rutherford B Hayes Republican 11886 20.6 13.2 35.5 21.7 17.7 65.6 11
1880 Rutherford B Hayes Republican 6695 19.9 13.9 35 21.3 17.1 65 11
1881 Chester A Arthur Republican 3876 18.6 14.2 38.8 19.7 15.8 62.9 11
1882 Chester A Arthur Republican 2810 17.1 13.7 42 18.6 14.8 59.4 11
1883 Chester A Arthur Republican 3877 18.9 13 40.2 20.3 16.3 62.8 11
1884 Chester A Arthur Republican 9192 17.8 13.3 41.7 19.2 15.4 60.1 11
1885 Grover Cleveland Democratic 20058 19.6 13.4 37.9 20.6 16.8 63.3 11
1886 Grover Cleveland Democratic 15455 20.2 13.3 36.7 21.1 17.3 64.8 11
1887 Grover Cleveland Democratic 5440 23.2 12.5 32.9 23.5 19.6 69.6 11
1888 Grover Cleveland Democratic 9192 20.9 13.4 35.2 21.8 17.8 66.1 11
1889 Benjamin Harrison Republican 13227 16.6 12.7 45.5 18.3 14.5 56.8 11
1890 Benjamin Harrison Republican 11746 17.5 12.9 43.9 18.7 15.1 58.8 11
1891 Benjamin Harrison Republican 16615 18.9 12.3 42.3 20 16.3 60.7 11
1892 Benjamin Harrison Republican 14188 17.4 11.9 47.9 18.5 14.9 57.7 11
1897 William Mckinley Republican 12307 17.7 12.8 42.9 19.2 15.4 59.3 11
1898 William Mckinley Republican 20612 19.1 13.2 39.7 20.2 16.4 62.7 11
1899 William Mckinley Republican 15358 19 13.5 38.1 20.4 16.4 62.8 11
1900 William Mckinley Republican 19538 18.5 13.5 39.5 19.8 16 61.7 11
1901 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 19772 15.6 12.3 49.3 17.4 13.6 54 10
1902 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 9908 15.9 12.3 49.3 17.5 13.8 54.4 11
1903 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 15131 16.6 13 45.8 18 14.4 56.7 11
1904 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 17632 17.8 12.7 44.2 19 15.3 58.2 11
1905 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 25215 16.8 12.3 46.1 18.4 14.7 56.8 11
1906 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 23802 18.8 12.1 43.4 19.9 16.1 60.6 11
1907 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 27661 17.2 12.4 45.9 18.6 14.8 57.5 11
1908 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 19646 16.8 12.5 47 18 14.4 56.3 11
1909 William H Taft Republican 14036 20.5 13.5 35 21.7 17.5 65.6 11
1910 William H Taft Republican 6785 20.9 13.9 34 21.9 17.8 66.9 11
1911 William H Taft Republican 24008 18.2 13 42.2 19.6 15.6 60.7 11
1912 William H Taft Republican 25488 19.3 13.3 38.8 20.5 16.5 63 11
1913 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 3640 16.8 11.7 49.2 18.1 14.5 56 11
1914 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 4560 12.7 10.6 62.6 14.4 11 45.9 8
1915 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 7758 17.7 11.7 48.6 18.8 15 58.2 11
1916 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 2137 20.8 13.1 36.5 21.3 17.6 65.5 11
1917 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 3993 14.1 10.8 58.6 15.5 12.2 49.8 9
1918 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 5562 17.3 11.5 50.9 18.3 14.6 55.9 11
1919 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 4833 16.3 13 45.7 17.9 14.2 56.8 11
1920 Woodrow Wilson Democratic 2792 20 12.4 40.5 20.4 17 63.2 11
1921 Warren Harding Republican 5718 15.4 13.4 44.2 17.9 13.8 55.3 11
1922 Warren Harding Republican 5833 15 13.7 44.9 17.1 13.4 55.1 11
1923 Calvin Coolidge Republican 6806 11.4 13.6 54.2 14.1 10.3 47.1 8
1924 Calvin Coolidge Republican 7091 14.7 13.4 46.9 16.8 13 53.9 10
1925 Calvin Coolidge Republican 11015 13.3 13.3 50.8 15.6 11.8 50.6 9
1926 Calvin Coolidge Republican 10477 13.6 13.2 50.2 15.9 12.2 52 10
1927 Calvin Coolidge Republican 8942 12 13.6 54.5 14.3 10.6 48.2 9
1928 Calvin Coolidge Republican 8215 13.3 13.8 50.8 15.5 11.7 51.2 10
1929 Herbert Hoover Republican 11259 16.2 14 42.1 18.1 14.2 56.7 11
1930 Herbert Hoover Republican 4696 17 14.5 38.3 18.9 14.9 58.3 11
1931 Herbert Hoover Republican 5834 14.7 15.1 43.4 16.9 12.9 55.1 11
1932 Herbert Hoover Republican 926 16.4 12.9 46.1 18.4 14.3 58.4 11
1934 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 2312 17.2 13.3 44.1 18.6 14.8 58.7 11
1935 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3603 14.6 13 48.7 16.5 12.9 52 10
1936 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3857 12.8 11.6 57.9 14.8 11.3 47.2 8
1937 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 2796 15.1 13.4 46 17.4 13.4 53.2 10
1938 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 4715 14.7 12.6 49.1 16.7 13.1 52.2 10
1939 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3846 12.8 12.6 54.3 15.1 11.4 48.6 9
1940 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3298 14.3 11.8 54.3 16 12.5 50.2 9
1941 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3416 11.7 11.7 59.7 13.8 10.5 45.8 8
1942 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3585 10.1 10.6 67.9 12 8.9 40.7 6
1943 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 4702 11.5 11 63.8 13.5 10.1 44 7
1944 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 3902 11.9 11.4 59.4 14.1 10.7 45.5 8
1945 Franklin D Roosevelt Democratic 8362 13.5 12.3 54.3 15.3 11.8 49.8 9
1946 Harry S Truman Democratic 27982 13.9 14.2 46.4 15.9 12.4 52.9 10
1947 Harry S Truman Democratic 6163 12.5 13.6 51.2 14.8 11.3 49.1 9
1948 Harry S Truman Democratic 5232 10.6 12.4 59 13.1 9.7 44.3 8
1949 Harry S Truman Democratic 3503 11.1 13.2 56.1 13.8 10.1 46.1 8
1950 Harry S Truman Democratic 5246 12.2 12.3 55.6 14.5 11.1 48.4 9
1951 Harry S Truman Democratic 4101 8.4 11 70 10.8 7.7 38.7 6
1952 Harry S Truman Democratic 5475 8.8 10.5 70.3 11.2 8 38.2 6
1953 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 7043 12.4 14.2 49.2 15 11.3 50.2 9
1953 Harry S Truman Democratic 9784 11.7 11.7 60.9 13.8 10.3 45.1 8
1954 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 6147 13.2 14.3 49.1 15.3 11.6 51.6 10
1955 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 7290 13.6 14.9 44.7 16.2 12.3 54.3 11
1956 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 8379 13.6 14.5 47.5 15.7 12 53.3 10
1957 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 4236 13.3 13.9 49 15.6 11.8 51.1 10
1958 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 4971 11.5 13.4 55 13.9 10.4 48.6 9
1959 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 5009 11.3 13.5 54.5 13.6 10.3 46.5 8
1960 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 5760 13.6 13.7 49.2 15.5 12.1 51.9 10
1961 Dwight D Eisenhower Democratic 6295 15 15.2 43.8 16.5 13 56 11
1961 John F Kennedy Democratic 5329 14.2 12.6 51.5 15.8 12.5 52.2 10
1962 John F Kennedy Democratic 6631 12.9 12.3 55.6 14.6 11.4 49.4 9
1963 John F Kennedy Democratic 5340 11.9 11.7 59 13.9 10.7 47.3 8
1964 Lyndon B Johnson Democratic 3318 11.9 11.3 59.9 13.6 10.7 46.4 8
1965 Lyndon B Johnson Democratic 4414 8.5 10.9 70.2 10.7 7.7 39.3 6
1966 Lyndon B Johnson Democratic 5345 10.9 11.1 64.1 12.7 9.7 43.9 7
1967 Lyndon B Johnson Democratic 7289 10.6 11.3 63.9 12.6 9.5 44 8
1968 Lyndon B Johnson Democratic 4974 9.6 11.3 65.7 11.7 8.7 41.8 7
1969 Lyndon B Johnson Democratic 4174 10.5 10.8 65.7 12.5 9.4 42.5 7
1970 Richard Nixon Republican 4571 11.2 10.8 62.9 13.1 10.1 44 7
1971 Richard Nixon Republican 4600 11.9 10.9 61.6 14.1 10.6 45.1 8
1972 Richard Nixon Republican 4056 11.6 11.3 60.5 13.7 10.5 45.4 8
1973 Richard Nixon Republican 1734 14.8 12 52.1 16.2 12.9 53.8 10
1974 Richard Nixon Republican 5285 12.6 10.7 60.8 14.4 11.2 47.3 8
1975 Gerald R Ford Republican 4139 10.1 12.3 58.6 13 9.6 44.2 8
1976 Gerald R Ford Republican 5106 10.3 12.2 60.4 12.9 9.4 43.2 7
1977 Gerald R Ford Republican 4769 12.3 12.5 55.1 14.6 11.1 48.2 9
1978 Jimmy Carter Democratic 4679 9.4 11.2 64.3 12.3 8.9 41.1 7
1979 Jimmy Carter Democratic 3361 11.4 12.1 59.5 13.8 10.1 45.8 8
1980 Jimmy Carter Democratic 3506 10.9 11.8 61.4 13 9.8 44 7
1981 Jimmy Carter Democratic 33730 15.5 15.1 42 17 13.5 56.6 11
1982 Ronald Reagan Republican 5368 11.2 11.9 60.7 13.4 10 45.4 8
1983 Ronald Reagan Republican 5747 11.4 11.7 59.5 13.7 10.3 45.9 8
1984 Ronald Reagan Republican 5147 9.1 11.7 64.9 11.5 8.4 40.7 6
1985 Ronald Reagan Republican 4421 10.3 11.8 62.5 12.5 9.3 43.5 7
1986 Ronald Reagan Republican 3559 9.4 10.9 66.8 11.5 8.6 41.1 7
1987 Ronald Reagan Republican 3981 9.3 10.9 66.8 11.7 8.6 41.3 7
1988 Ronald Reagan Republican 4952 10.2 11 63.6 12.7 9.4 42.5 7
1990 George H W Bush Republican 3847 7.2 9.7 73.5 10.2 7.1 34.5 5
1991 George H W Bush Republican 3908 8.7 11.3 66.4 11.6 8.2 39.9 6
1992 George H W Bush Republican 4865 6.6 9.7 76.6 9.6 6.4 33.6 5
1994 William J Clinton Democratic 7611 9.8 10.4 69.4 11.8 8.7 40.1 6
1995 William J Clinton Democratic 9376 9.2 9.6 70.9 12 8.5 39 6
1996 William J Clinton Democratic 6430 8.7 10.9 68.8 11.2 8 40 6
1997 William J Clinton Democratic 6847 9.6 10.9 68.2 11.7 8.6 41.4 7
1998 William J Clinton Democratic 7346 9.5 10.7 68 11.6 8.6 41.5 7
1999 William J Clinton Democratic 7718 9.8 10.9 66.2 11.9 8.9 42.5 7
2000 William J Clinton Democratic 7547 9.5 11.6 65.9 11.5 8.5 41.5 7
2001 George W Bush Republican 4486 8.1 11.3 71 10.3 7.3 39.7 6
2001 George W Bush Republican 3102 8.3 11.3 70.4 10.6 7.4 38.9 6
2002 George W Bush Republican 3951 9.6 12 67.1 11.4 8.3 42.7 7
2003 George W Bush Republican 5489 10.4 12 63.1 12.3 9.2 44.5 8
2004 George W Bush Republican 5399 10.3 12.1 65.2 11.9 8.8 44.5 8
2005 George W Bush Republican 5252 11.6 12.2 60.2 13.4 10.2 46.8 8
2006 George W Bush Republican 5468 10.7 12.2 61.9 12.7 9.5 45.7 8
2007 George W Bush Republican 5696 9.6 10.8 67.6 11.9 8.6 40.9 6
2008 George W Bush Republican 5838 9.8 11.8 65.4 12 8.7 42.4 7
2009 Barack Obama Democratic 6033 10.3 10.4 66.4 12.5 9.4 41.8 7
2010 Barack Obama Democratic 7183 8.6 10.8 69.9 11.2 7.9 38.4 6
2011 Barack Obama Democratic 6993 8.2 10.2 72.4 10.7 7.5 37.8 5

Average scores by US President:

President Words ARI Coleman-Liau Flesch Fog Kincaid Lix School Grade
Theodore Roosevelt 19,845.88 16.94 12.45 46.38 18.35 14.64 56.81 10.88
James Polk 18,250.00 20.25 12.35 40.05 20.83 17.18 63.38 11
William H Taft 17,579.25 19.73 13.43 37.5 20.93 16.85 64.05 11
William Mckinley 16,953.75 18.58 13.25 40.05 19.9 16.05 61.63 11
James Buchanan 14,334.50 18.05 12.65 43.6 19.2 15.48 59.58 11
Benjamin Harrison 13,944.00 17.6 12.45 44.9 18.88 15.2 58.5 11
Grover Cleveland 12,536.25 20.98 13.15 35.68 21.75 17.88 65.95 11
Martin Van Buren 11,462.25 23.5 13.18 30.93 23.75 19.75 70.95 11
Jimmy Carter 11,319.00 11.8 12.55 56.8 14.03 10.58 46.88 8.25
Andrew Jackson 10,763.75 22.06 12.75 35.01 22.54 18.65 67.8 11
Millard Fillmore 10,683.67 19.63 12.67 40.17 20.57 16.73 63.13 11
Franklin Pierce 10,596.00 22.33 13.3 32.45 22.78 18.9 68.8 11
Andrew Johnson 9,697.75 18.83 12.9 41.13 19.9 16.13 61.1 11
Calvin Coolidge 8,757.67 13.05 13.48 51.23 15.37 11.6 50.5 9.33
Rutherford B Hayes 8,722.00 19.98 13.3 36.75 21.13 17.15 64.48 11
John Tyler 8,624.50 21.35 12.53 36.68 21.88 18.13 65.8 11
Harry S Truman 8,435.75 11.15 12.36 58.69 13.49 10.08 45.35 8
Ulysses S Grant 8,277.63 18.41 12.64 42.61 19.54 15.81 60.4 11
John Quincy Adams 7,913.50 22.6 12.75 33.45 22.95 19.1 68.78 11
Zachary Taylor 7,750.00 20.4 13.1 36.7 21.4 17.4 65 11
Average Value 7,742.37 16.5 12.55 47.25 17.89 14.25 56.39 9.78
William J Clinton 7,553.57 9.44 10.71 68.2 11.67 8.54 40.86 6.57
Abraham Lincoln 6,997.75 16.18 12.4 48.08 17.63 14.03 55.73 10.5
Barack Obama 6,736.33 9.03 10.47 69.57 11.47 8.27 39.33 6
Dwight D Eisenhower 6,125.56 13.06 14.18 49.11 15.26 11.64 51.5 9.78
Warren Harding 5,775.50 15.2 13.55 44.55 17.5 13.6 55.2 11
John F Kennedy 5,766.67 13 12.2 55.37 14.77 11.53 49.63 9
Herbert Hoover 5,678.75 16.08 14.13 42.48 18.08 14.08 57.13 11
James Monroe 5,394.25 20.04 12.54 41.31 20.55 16.84 62.71 11
George W Bush 4,964.56 9.82 11.74 65.77 11.83 8.67 42.9 7.11
Chester A Arthur 4,938.75 18.1 13.55 40.68 19.45 15.58 61.3 11
Lyndon B Johnson 4,919.00 10.33 11.12 64.92 12.3 9.28 42.98 7.17
Ronald Reagan 4,739.29 10.13 11.41 63.54 12.43 9.23 42.91 7.14
Gerald R Ford 4,671.33 10.9 12.33 58.03 13.5 10.03 45.2 8
Woodrow Wilson 4,409.38 16.96 11.85 49.08 18.09 14.51 56.41 10.38
George H W Bush 4,206.67 7.5 10.23 72.17 10.47 7.23 36 5.33
Richard Nixon 4,049.20 12.42 11.14 59.58 14.3 11.06 47.12 8.2
Franklin D Roosevelt 4,032.83 13.35 12.11 54.96 15.32 11.78 48.99 8.75
James Madison 2,790.38 24.49 13.31 27.99 24.58 20.59 73.49 11
Thomas Jefferson 2,663.25 21.28 12.86 37.65 21.61 17.83 65.74 11
George Washington 2,153.88 20.09 13.39 37.54 21.13 17.06 64.05 11
John Adams 1,864.50 20.28 13.33 37.65 21.08 17.18 64.18 11

Average scores by US political party:

Party Words ARI Coleman-Liau Flesch Fog Kincaid Lix School Grade
Republican 9,026.30 14.85 12.50 50.57 16.60 12.98 53.27 9.54
Whig 8,931.88 21.21 12.76 36.38 21.86 18.00 66.19 11.00
Independent 8,624.50 21.35 12.53 36.68 21.88 18.13 65.80 11.00
Democratic 7,913.96 14.32 12.30 52.55 16.02 12.53 51.74 9.09
Democratic-Republican 6,076.17 22.14 12.90 34.98 22.48 18.62 67.83 11.00
None 2,153.88 20.09 13.39 37.54 21.13 17.06 64.05 11.00
Federalist 1,864.50 20.28 13.33 37.65 21.08 17.18 64.18 11.00

State Of The Union word count by year trend:

State Of The Union Word Count By Year Trends

State Of The Union Lix Readability Index By The Year

State Of The Union Lix Readability Index By Year

Kindle 2 Reads the Classics

A bit old but funny.  A sketch from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon which has the Kindle 2 reading passages from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama.  All set to candlelight and classical music.  Oh, and it tells jokes too!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/60793/late-night-with-jimmy-fallon-kindle-2-reads-the-classics

New York Times Best Sellers: 23 May 2008

After another long absence, the weekly best sellers list is back! (hopefully for good this time!) Each week we bring to you the New York Times best sellers list.

We go through the top sellers on the list and give you our top 3 picks so to give you can get an idea of what to download for your Kindle. You can browse through The New York Times best sellers list on Amazon.com. Here are our top 3 books of the week following by the top 5 books in each category;

Our Picks

The Whole Truth (by David Baldacci): Number 4 in Hardcover Fiction

The Whole Truth (Hardcover) by David Baldacci (Author)Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world’s largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to “perception manage” his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind.

Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a different agenda. Reluctantly doing the bidding of a secret multi-national intelligence agency, he travels the globe to keep it safe and at peace.

Willing to do anything to get back to the top of her profession, Katie James is a journalist who has just gotten the break of a lifetime: the chance to interview the sole survivor of a massacre that has left every nation stunned.

In this terrifying, global thriller, these characters’ lives will collide head-on as a series of events is set in motion that could change the world as we know it. An utterly spellbinding story that feels all too real, THE WHOLE TRUTH delivers all the twists and turns, emotional drama, unforgettable characters, and can’t-put-it-down pacing that readers expect from David Baldacci-and still goes beyond anything he’s written before.

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Source: Amazon Editorial Review*

Certain Girls: A Novel (by Jennifer Weiner) – Number 14 in Hardcover Fiction

Certain Girls: A Novel (Hardcover) by Jennifer Weiner (Author)Jennifer Weiner’s much anticipated sequel to Good in Bed does not disappoint, and we Jen Weiner fans have been waiting a long time for this one! When Certain Girls finally arrived, I hoped it would be as good as the first, and it is! It’s possibly even better; and Good in Bed is one of my most favorite all-time books ever!

With characters old and new, grown and mature, quirky and completely believable, you’ll feel as if you want to know them in real life. You can sense the angst and turmoil of 13-year-old Joy as she tries to find her place in the family; tries to learn what it is to `become a woman’ as she prepares for her bat mitzvah. I fell in love with Joy, found myself wanting to comfort her, and at the same time, shake her and say, “But your mother just loves you–that’s why she’s so crazy!”

Cannie has grown up and while she is an overprotective mother, she just wants to do right. Sometimes she tries too hard, but again, it’s just because she’s a mom and she loves her daughter so much–that’s why she’s so crazy!

I don’t need to sell Jennifer Weiner fans on this book. They already know. There are loads of touching moments, laughable moments, and some especially unexpected shocker moments in Certain Girls. You will really have a varying mix of emotions when reading, but one thing’s for certain, as it is with all of Weiner’s creations … you’ll come away wishing you didn’t have to close the book, wishing you could just go back for a little while and hang out with the people you just read about. They’re that real. They’re that good. She’s THAT convincing!

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Source: Amazon Customer Review*

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (by Barack Obama) – Number 4 in Paperback Nonfiction

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Paperback) by Barack Obama (Author)

Barack Obama’s latest book reads like a hopeful springboard to the Presidency; indeed, the only concern he’s voiced recently about a run for the White House is what his family might have to endure. Other than that, he sure looks and sounds like a confirmed candidate, and The Audacity of Hope only fuels that speculation.

Obama is my senator. I honestly can’t tell you what he’s accomplished for Illinois. Nothing particularly major or memorable- given his short tenure- but that’s not to say he hasn’t been successful; everyone in Washington seems to want him on this or that committee, and that’s certainly good for Illinois. The more powerful and influential your senator, the more attention (and money) flows to your state. His voting record is what you might expect from a young freshman Democrat, but that’s not a knock; he’s been true to his word, and that’s a plus.

He tries hard in Audacity to show he would be a builder of bridges and a healer of political wounds, and that might be true; time will tell. He’s spot-on in the section titled Politics when he bemoans what modern politicking has become- far less about the issues than about how inherently evil your opponent is. Mudslinging has replaced party platforms as the main election tool, with orchestrated outrage and assertions of moral superiority at the top of the campaign agenda. Obama’s call to return some integrity to politics by offering solutions rather than automatic fear and hatred of the other side is both timely and refreshing. It would be easy to argue that the polarization of the political right and left is complete and irreversible, but that’s both the Audacity and Hope of the book’s title.

What’s not so convincing in Audacity is his portrayal of himself as a political Everyman. While he clearly demonstrates genuine empathy for those who don’t share his beliefs, the middle ground he tries to capture seems more like quicksand- when you try too hard to be everything to everyone, you run the risk of being nothing instead, a perpetual question mark without a solid base to stand on. That’s a risk he’s obviously willing to take, but the centrist policies he then suggests are not only nothing new, they carry their own considerable risks and problems which he barely weighs. That’s a concern, a surprise, and a shortcoming.

Good, effective politicians are like a good stew- there’s substance in the pot, and it’s well seasoned. While Obama clearly has the substance, the seasoning simply isn’t there yet, which makes the Audacity in the title fitting in a way Obama hadn’t intended. Americans sure are enamored of fresh, unknown faces in politics- maybe because we love Cinderella stories- but that’s voting with your heart rather than your head. Now there’s something to be said for intuition and “gut feeling” when selecting leadership, but when the fresh face is untested in so many ways, perhaps it would be best to go with the proven commodity- even if it isn’t all that exciting- rather than the raw recruit, no matter how intelligent or charismatic he (or she) might be.

Charisma is great, but experience counts for so much more, especially in the troubled, difficult times ahead.

All that said, Audacity of Hope is an interesting look into the mind and heart of a young senator as he formulates his early political policies and tests the political waters.

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Source: Amazon Customer Review*

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Top 5 Books In Each Category

Hardcover Fiction
1. THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer
2. SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
3. PHANTOM PREY, by John Sandford
4. THE WHOLE TRUTH, by David Baldacci
5. CARELESS IN RED, by Elizabeth George

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. AUDITION, by Barbara Walters
2. HOME, by Julie Andrews
3. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler
4. A REMARKABLE MOTHER, by Jimmy Carter
5. THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD, by Fareed Zakaria

Hardcover Advice
1. THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow
2. JUST WHO WILL YOU BE?, by Maria Shriver
3. THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne
4. THE ONE MINUTE ENTREPRENEUR, by Ken Blanchard, Don Hutson and Ethan Willis
5. THE SOUTH BEACH DIET SUPERCHARGED, by Arthur Agatston with Joseph Signorile

Children’ Books
1. READ ALL ABOUT IT!, by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush
2. GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder
3. SOMEDAY, by Alison McGhee
4. DIRT ON MY SHIRT, by Jeff Foxworthy
5. ALPHABET, by Matthew Van Fleet

Paperback Trade Fiction
1. THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, by Kate Jacobs
2. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
3. THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini
4. THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER, by Kim Edwards
5. NINETEEN MINUTES, by Jodi Picoult

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction
1. THE HOLLOW, by Nora Roberts
2. THE GOOD GUY, by Dean Koontz
3. INVISIBLE PREY, by John Sandford
4. THE BOURNE BETRAYAL, by Eric Van Lustbader
5. SIMPLE GENIUS, by David Baldacci

Paperback Nonfiction
1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
3. MARLEY & ME, by John Grogan
4. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, by Barack Obama
5. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

Paperback Advice
1. A NEW EARTH, by Eckhart Tolle
2. THE POWER OF NOW, by Eckhart Tolle
3. HUNGRY GIRL, by Lisa Lillien
4. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
5. SKINNY BITCH, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin