Obama’s SOTU address – textual analysis

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I have done a quick textual analysis of President Obama’s SOTU speech. This is a way of visualizing word frequencies at a glance.

As to be expected “jobs” commanded a high position, having been referred to on 29 occasions, matching “work” (x 29) and trailing just behind “people” (x 33). Although mentioned a number of times, “economy” (x 15) and “deficit” (x 10) were not quite in poll position. Oops, I almost missed 21 mentions of “tax” …

My viewpoint is that Obama is an amateur as far as economics is concerned, but at least seems to realize the severity of the situation. It is the policy of being hell-bent on spending America back into prosperity that causes me grave concern.

Click here for a complete transcript of the speech.



Source: Bob Englehart, Comics.com, January 26, 2010.

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