I think this can be attirbuted more to their audience than to what they are truly capable of. You can't get up there and throw around the big words that got you points on your SAT. Where I teach, the average parent has a 3rd grade education. You have to 'dumb it down' sadly.
Originally posted by Sparkie
I heard a radio commentator say that "experts" had rated both "Dubya" and Gore's speech patterns, vocabulary and intonation and found that Dubya spoke at a 6th grade level, where as the Inventor of the Internet was speaking proficiently at the 8th grade level. Ah, the leaders of the 21st century. Doesn't it make you proud? *shudder* :)