Political Tag Clouds

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:

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.

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‚Äôs 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.

October 3, 2008

Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech (March 8, 1983 – Orlando, Florida, USA)

Read the speech at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ronaldreaganevilempire.htm

Process notes:

Tag Cloud created at wordle.net. Some spaces were removed: thank you very much is now ThankYouVeryMuch, White House is now WhiteHouse, and United States is now UnitedStates. Also, apostrophes in possessives were replaced with spaces to ensure that possessives were not considered differently than the nouns. “Thank you very much” was stated repeatedly at the beginning and end of the speech, presumably when Reagan was thanking the audience.

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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