Political Tag Clouds

October 30, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (October 18, 2008)

Transcript taken from here. This is part of a series of White House Radio Addresses, you can compare it against others from this fall here.

Process notes: tag cloud created by Wordle.net. Some words and phrases combined for improved frequency analysis: “700 billion” is now “700billion,” “government” and “government’s” are combined as “government.”

October 23, 2008

FDR’s “Outlining the New Deal Program” (Sunday, May 7, 1933)

This is the 2nd of thirty Fireside Chats Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave between March 12, 1933 and June 12, 1944. It is part of our FDR Fireside Chat project.

The text is unaltered, and was taken from this transcript:
http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat2.html

October 21, 2008

George Bush’s State of the Union Address, Jan 29, 2002 (“Axis of Evil” speech)

First of a project of Bush’s State of the Union addresses. Transcript taken from http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020129-11.html.

Some process notes: Tag cloud created using Wordle.net. Some words combined into phrases for a more precise frequency analysis: “September the 11th” is combined as “SeptemberThe11th,” “United States” is combined as “UnitedStates,” “Thank you” is combined as “ThankYou.” “American” and “terrorist,” when used as adjectives, have been combined with their nouns (so “American people” is now “Americanpeople,” for instance). Possessive apostrophes have been removed along with their accompanying “s”s, so “Afghanistan’s” is counted along with “Afghanistan,” for instance.

October 19, 2008

Senator John McCain at Third Presidential Debate (October 15, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , , — jbushnell @ 2:17 pm

Transcript taken from here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/debate-transcri.html

Compare, if you like, against John McCain’s tag cloud from the second debate, or from the first.

Process notes: cloud generated by Wordle.net. In the complete transcript, the following groupings words were converted to single phrases for improved frequency analysis: full process notes can be found accompanying the tag cloud of all participants at the third debate.

Senator Barack Obama at Third Presidential Debate (October 15, 2008)

Filed under: barack obama, campaign 2008, democrats — Tags: , , , — jbushnell @ 2:08 pm

Transcript taken from here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/debate-transcri.html

Compare, if you like, against Obama’s tag cloud from the second debate, or from the first.

Process notes: cloud generated by Wordle.net. In the complete transcript, the following groupings words were converted to single phrases for improved frequency analysis: full process notes can be found accompanying the tag cloud of all participants at the third debate.

October 17, 2008

FDR’s “On the Bank Crisis” (Sunday, March 12, 1933

This is the first of 30 Fireside Chats Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave between March 12, 1933 and June 12, 1944.

The text is unaltered, and was taken from this transcript:
http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat1.html

October 16, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (October 11, 2008)

Transcript of address taken from here. Compare against the last two Bush radio addresses here. Zeitgeist report: “package” is out, “market” is in. “Taxpayers” is out, “Americans” is in. “Financial” is big in the cloud for three weeks and counting.

Process notes: Word gloud generated via Wordle.net. “United States” is now “UnitedStates,” “Federal Reserve” and “Fed” are now both “FederalReserve,” “$” is now “USD,” all organizations (“World Bank,” “Securities and Exchange Commission,” etc.) are treated as compound words (“SecuritiesandExchangeCommission,” etc), “American” commonly joined with its noun (so “American” when used for “American people” is separate from “American” when used for “American businesses”). Final cloud is 99 words, and not all process changes influenced the final cloud.

All participants at Third McCain-Obama Presidential Debate (October 15, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates — Tags: , — jbushnell @ 12:29 pm

Tag clouds of all participants at third debate, including moderator. Transcript taken from here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/debate-transcri.html

Process notes: Tag cloud generated via wordle.net. Some words were combined into phrases for improved frequency analysis. Full list is as follows: “Senator McCain” combined as “SenatorMcCain,” “Senator Obama” combined as “SenatorObama,” “Wall Street” combined as “WallStreet,” “Joe Biden” and “Joe” (when referencing Biden) combined as “JoeBiden,” “Great Depression” combined as “GreatDepression,” “middle class” / “middle-class” / “middle-income” all combined as “middleclass,” “Joe Wurzelbacher” / “Joe the Plumber” / “Joe” (except when referencing Biden) all combined as “Joe-the-Plumber,” “$” / “dollar” both combined with “dollars,” “Bill Ayers” and “Mr. Ayers” both combined as “BillAyers,” “Supreme Court” combined as “SupremeCourt,” “tax” combined with “taxes,” “small business” / “small businesses” both combined as “smallbusiness,” “Roe v. Wade” / “Roe versus Wade” both combined as “Roe-v-Wade,” “President Bush” / “Bush” both combined as “PresidentBush,” “last eight years” combined as “last8years,” “White House” combined as “WhiteHouse,” “Democrat” combined with “Democrats,” “Republican” combined with “Republicans,” “Middle Eastern” / “Middle East” both combined as “MiddleEast,” “short-term” combined as “shortterm,” “long-term” combined as “longterm,” “Freddie Mac” combined as “FreddieMac,” “Fannie Mae” combined as “FannieMae,” “D.C.” combined as “DC,” both “United States” and “U.S.” combined as “UnitedStates,” “Time’s up” combined as “Time’sUp,” “No Child Left Behind” combined as “NoChildLeftBehind,” “New Orleans” combined as “NewOrleans,” “health care” combined as “healthcare.” Not all phrases modified in this fashion are reflected in the final 99-word cloud(s), and not all phrases were used by both candidates.

October 15, 2008

Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Man with the Muck-rake” (April 14, 1906)

Text remains unaltered. Original at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/teddyrooseveltmuckrake.htm

Tag cloud generated by wordle.net.

October 14, 2008

Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech at DNC (August 28, 2008)

Filed under: barack obama, campaign 2008, democrats, speeches — Tags: , , , — cjolesh @ 8:17 pm

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/28/obama.transcript/index.html

Process notes: word cloud generated by Wordle.net. Combinations and other edits: George W. Bush or George Bush or Bush changed to GeorgeBush, Joe Biden changed to JoeBiden, vice president changed to vicepresident, John McCain or McCain changed to McCain, sister changed to sisters, brother changed to brothers, son changed to sons, health care changed to healthcare, terrorist or terrorists changed to terrorism, Republicans changed to Republican, Democrats or Democratic (note that it referenced the Democratic Party) changed to Democrat, Bill Clinton changed to BillClinton, Michelle Obama or Michelle changed to MichelleObama, Social Security changed to SocialSecurity, businesses changed to business, American changed to Americans, $ changed to USD, middle-class changed to middleclass, small-business changed to smallbusiness.

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

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