Political Tag Clouds

September 30, 2008

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks before Congress (Monday, September 29, 2008)

Filed under: democrats — Tags: , — jbushnell @ 6:07 pm

Tag cloud of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speech given before the House vote on the bailout plan on Monday. Transcript found at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/30/washington/30pelositranscript.html.

Process notes: word cloud generated by Wordle.net. Combinations and other edits: “n’t” changed to “nt”; “Wall Street” changed to “WallStreet” and “Main Street” to “MainStreet”; “Mr. [Name]” changed to “Mr[Name]”; “$” changed to “USD”; numbers joined to their respective “billion” (ditto “trillion”); Chairman Bernanke changed to “ChairmanBernanke”; “United States” changed to “UnitedStates”; “Barney Frank” / “Barney” / “Mr. Frank” combined as “BarneyFrank”; “golden parachute” changed to “goldenparachute.” Not all of these terms ended up among the 99 words depicted in this cloud.

September 28, 2008

George W. Bush’s Radio Address (September 27, 2008)

Tag cloud of Bush’s 27 September Radio Address. Original at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/20080927.html

Created using Wordle.net. Process notes: “Wall Street” changed to “wallstreet”; no other simplifications or truncations made.

John McCain at First Presidential Debate (September 25, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 11:25 pm

Tag cloud of Senator John McCain’s frequently-used words in the first Presidential debate, September 25, 2008:

Created using Wordle.net. Note that some corrections / clarifications were made. Some spaces were removed from phrases including United States, pork barrel, and Next President so the words would not be tagged separately. Instances of McCain and Senator McCain were combined as SenatorMcCain. Instances of Obama and Senator Obama were combined as SenatorObama. Iranian was combined with Iran, Russian was combined with Russia. Tax was combined with Taxes. Because the cloudmaker didn’t like $, it was replaced with USD. Etc, etc, etc.

Barack Obama at First Presidential Debate (September 25, 2008)

Filed under: barack obama, campaign 2008, debates, democrats — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 11:14 pm

Tag cloud of Senator Barack Obama’s frequently-used words in the first Presidential debate, September 25, 2008 :

Created using Wordle.net. Note that some corrections / clarifications were made. Some spaces were removed from phrases including United States, pork barrel, and Next President so the words would not be tagged separately. Instances of McCain and Senator McCain were combined as SenatorMcCain. Instances of Obama and Senator Obama were combined as SenatorObama. Iranian was combined with Iran, Russian was combined with Russia. Tax was combined with Taxes. Because the cloudmaker didn’t like $, it was replaced with USD. Etc, etc, etc.

September 26, 2008

Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention (September 3, 2008)

Word cloud of Sarah Palin’s speech at the RNC. Text taken from http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/conventions/videos/transcripts/20080903_PALIN_SPEECH.html

Created using wordle.net. Process notes: The following changes were made for clarity and to avoid redunancy: United States = UnitedStates; vice president = VicePresident; John McCain = JohnMcCain; John S. McCain = JohnMcCain; McCain (when used without John) = JohnMcCain; candidates = candidate; daughter = daughters; son = sons; Americans = American; small town / small towns / small-town = smalltown; moms = mom; next president = NextPresident; Saudi Arabia = SaudiArabia; challenges = challenge; daughters = daughter; White House = WhiteHouse; pipeline = pipelines; tax = taxes; terrorists = terrorist; opponents = opponent; Al Qaida = AlQaida; businesses = business; produce / produced / producing = production. Not all changes are reflected in the cloud because the frequency was still not high enough.

A space was added before each (noun)’s to ensure that possessives were not listed differently than the nouns that possess.

Many hypens were either deleted or replaced with spaces as appropriate (for example, McCain-Palin = McCain Palin, commander-in-chief remains unchanged, and kind-hearted is changed to kindhearted).

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