Political Tag Clouds

November 29, 2008

FDR’s “On the Currency Situation” (Sunday, October 22, 1933)

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fourth Fireside Chat. Part of our Fireside Chat Project, you can see the others here.

Original text can be found at http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat4.html

Process notes: tag cloud created using wordle.net. United States changed to UnitedStates, $ or dollar changed to dollars, % or per cent changed to percent, and NRA changed to National Recovery Administration (mainly because modern readers might have identified it as National Rifle Association).

November 25, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (November 14, 2008)

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

Process notes: “market” and “markets” were combined for improved frequency analysis, as were “economy” and “economies.” No other changes made. Tag cloud generated by Wordle.net.

November 12, 2008

George W. Bush’s Third “State of the Union” Address (January 28, 2003)

Transcript taken from here. This is part of a project on George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses, others are visible here.

Process notes: Tag cloud created by Wordle.net. Some words combined into phrases for improved frequency analysis: “Saddam Hussein” is combined as “SaddamHussein,” “Al Qaeda” is combined as “AlQaeda,” “United States” is combined as “UnitedStates.” “Million,” when used with a number, is combined with that number (so “92 million” is counted as “92million,” but “a million” is treated separately.) Possessive apostrophes have been removed along with their accompanying “s”s, so “America’s” is counted along with “America,” for instance.

November 9, 2008

FDR’s “On the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program” (Monday, July 24, 1933)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Third Fireside Chat. See the others here.

Process notes: worker changed to workers, employer changed to employers, principle changed to principles, planning or plans changed to plan, industrial or industries changed to industry, foundations changed to foundation, farmers or farming or farms changed to farm, employer changed to employers, efforts changed to effort, agreement changed to agreements.

Read the original text at http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat3.html.

November 8, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (October 25, 2008)

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

Process notes: tag cloud created at Wordle.net. All multi-word proper nouns (“Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,” “United States” etc.) have been treated as compound words (“FederalDepositInsuranceCorporation,” “UnitedStates,” etc.), no other changes made.

November 6, 2008

John McCain’s Concession Speech (Tuesday, November 4, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, john mccain, republicans, speeches — Tags: , , , , — jbushnell @ 11:44 am

Transcript taken from here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96631784&ft=1&f=1001. Contrast it against other McCain clouds here.

Process notes: Word cloud created by wordle.net. Some words combined into phrases for improved frequency analysis: “Senator Obama” now “SenatorObama”, and when used as an adjective, “American” has been combined with its noun.

Barack Obama’s Presidential Acceptance Speech (Tuesday, November 4, 2008)

Transcript from:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/05/AR2008110500013_pf.html

Process notes: word cloud created by Wordle.net. Some phrases combined for improved frequency analysis: “Yes we can” changed to YesWeCan, “White House” changed to WhiteHouse.

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