Political Tag Clouds

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‚Äôs” is counted along with “America,” for instance.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 13, 2008

All speakers at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Cloud generated from total field of language used by both candidates, Tom Brokaw, and the audience. Process notes and link to transcript can be seen on the tag cloud posted for either John McCain or Barack Obama. The only addition for this particular cloud is that the names of the individual participants (SenatorMcCain, SenatorObama and Tom) have been deleted.

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