Political Tag Clouds

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.

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.

October 11, 2008

Tag Cloud of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates — Tags: , — jbushnell @ 12:25 pm

Just thought that I’d lay out the two tag clouds below (John McCain’s debate remarks and Barack Obama’s) in an alternate configuration. The red cloud contains McCain’s frequently-used words and the blue one Obama’s. Enjoy!

Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Process notes can be seen on the posts for either of the individual clouds that comprise this one.

Tag Cloud of Senator John McCain at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 12:05 pm

Transcript text taken from http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/10/barack_obama_john_mccain_debat_1.html.

For comparison’s sake, here’s the tag cloud of John McCain at the first Presidential debate.

Process notes: Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Combinations or substitutions made for clarity: Combinations or substitutions made for clarity: Senator McCain / Senator John McCain is now SenatorMcCain; Senator Obama / Senator Barack Obama is now SenatorObama; $ / dollars is now USD (so $700 billion is now USD700billion); Ronald Reagan / Reagan is now RonaldReagan; middle class / middle-class / middle-income is now middleclass; President Bush is now PresidentBush; United Nations / U.N. is now UnitedNations ; both George Bush and Bush are now GeorgeBush; e-mail is now email; sub-prime is now subprime; Secretary Paulson / Paulson are both now SecretaryPaulson; Fannie Mae / Fannie are both now FannieMae; Freddie Mac / Freddie are both now FreddieMac; Wall Street is now WallStreet; Main Street is now MainStreet; small businesses / small business / small-business are all now smallbusiness; banks is now banking; policies is now policy; Warren Buffett is now WarrenBuffett; town hall is now townhall; health care is now healthcare; 10 year is now 10years; mortgage has been combined with mortgages; United States / U.S. is now UnitedStates; policies has been combined with policy; Warren Buffett is now WarrenBuffett; next president is now nextpresident; Social Security is now SocialSecurity; republicans has been combined with republican; Joe Lieberman / Lieberman are both now JoeLieberman ; Russ Feingold is now RussFeingold; Ted Kennedy is now TedKennedy; terrorist has been combined with terrorists ; North Korea is now NorthKorea; United Nations is now UnitedNations; Israelis has been combined with Israel; Middle East is now MiddleEast; Russian / Russians are both now Russia; Chinese is now China; Iranians / Iranian have been combined with Iran; U.N. / United Nations are both now UnitedNations; Cold War is now ColdWar; Soviet Union is now SovietUnion; Pakistanis / Pakistani are both combined with Pakistan ; Afghans / Afghan are both combined with Afghanistan; Iraqis / Iraqi are both combined with Iraq; Vladimir Putin is now VladimirPutin; loan has been combined with loans; Osama Bin Laden / bin Laden are both OsamaBinLaden; Al Qaeda / Al Qaida are both now alQaeda; national security is now NationalSecurity; General Petraeus is now GeneralPetraeus; Teddy Roosevelt is now TeddyRoosevelt; health insurance is now HealthInsurance ; CEO has been combined with CEOs; New York is now NewYork; two years is now 2years; eight years is now 8years; 30 years is now 30years; seven years is now 7years; a year / one year are both now 1year; numbers were largely converted so, 6.8 billion is now 68000000000; Fortune 500 is now Fortune500; state and local governments is now stategovernment and localgovernment; domestic and foreign policy is now domesticpolicy and foreignpolicy; foreign policy is now foreignpolicy; thank you is now thankyou; economic / economics are both combined into economy; tax (but not taxed) has been combined with taxes.

For fairness purposes, these changes were implemented on the entire debate transcript (both candidates). Not all phrases altered in this fashion appear in the completed (150 word) tag cloud, and not all phrases were spoken by both candidates.

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