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.

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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 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 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 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.

October 9, 2008

Tag Cloud of George W. Bush’s Radio Address (October 4, 2008)

Text taken from http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/10/20081004.html.

Compare against last week’s radio address.

Process notes: Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. “$” changed to “USD”, “Federal government” changed to “FederalGovernment”, “America” and “America’s” combined as “America,” “business” and “businesses” combined as “business,” “billion” and “million” joined with their numeral.

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