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.

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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.

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 16, 2008

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 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.

October 4, 2008

Tag Cloud of All Participants (Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, and Moderator Gwen Ifill) at Vice-Presidential Debate (October 2, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008 — Tags: — jbushnell @ 1:12 am

Clouds that are for Biden alone and Palin alone are below.

Process notes: Tag cloud generated by Wordle.net.

We used the transcript available at http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/02/debate.transcript/

Some changes were made to the original transcript for clarity’s sake: First, apostrophes in posessives were replaced with spaces to ensure that posessives were not considered differently than the nouns. Second, in order to improve visualization of phrase frequency we made the following changes: Gov. changed to Governor, Sen. changed to Senator, Wall Street changed to WallStreet, Barack Obama changed to BarackObama, Main Street changed to MainStreet, Governor Palin changed to GovernorPalin, Senator McCain changed to SenatorMcCain, John McCain changed to JohnMcCain, Senator Biden changed to SenatorBiden, Bush Doctrine changed to BushDoctrine, George Bush / Bush (when not a part of BushDoctrine or BushAdministration) changed to GeorgeBush, middle class changed to middleclass, Fannie Mae changed to FannieMae, Freddie Mac changed to FreddieMac, small business(es) / small-business changed to smallbusiness, federal government changed to FederalGovernment, vice president / V.P. changed to vicepresident, understands changed to understand, terror / terrorists changed to terrorism, United States / U.S. changed to UnitedStates, North America changed to NorthAmerica, Al Qaeda changed to alQaeda, Gen. Petraeus / Petraeus changed to GeneralPetraeus, off-shore changed to offshore, two-state solution changed to Two-stateSolution, vice-presidency changed to vicepresidency, you know changed to youknow, White House changed to WhiteHouse, sub prime changed to subprime, health care changed to healthcare, Ronald Reagan / Reagan changed to RonaldReagan, No Child Left Behind changed to NoChildLeftBehind, American people changed to AmericanPeople, Exxon Mobil / Exxon Mobils changed to ExxonMobil, $ / dollar / dollars changed to USD

Not all of the terms combined in this manner were used frequently enough to appear among the 100 words depicted in the finished word cloud.

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