Political Tag Clouds

November 6, 2008

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 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 6, 2008

Tag Cloud of Martin Luther King, Jr “I Have a Dream” (August 28, 1963 – Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, USA)

Text from http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

Process notes: created at Wordle.net. Some phrases combined for clarity: I have a dream changed to IHaveADream, New York changed to NewYork, one day changed to OneDay, New Hampshire changed to NewHampshire, South Carolina changed to SouthCarolina, One hundred years later changed to 100YearsLater, and Let freedom ring changed to LetFreedomRing.

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.

October 1, 2008

Barack Obama’s Speech on Race (March 18, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, democrats — Tags: , , — cjolesh @ 1:33 am

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/us/politics/18text-obama.html?_r=1&scp=16&sq=reverend%20wright%20speech&st=cse&oref=slogin

Process notes: word cloud generated by Wordle.net. Clarifiying changes made including: Reverend Wright changed to ReverendWright, United States changed to UnitedStages, World War II changed to WWII, Middle East changed to MiddleEast, African American(s) and African-American(s) changed to AfricanAmerican, Americans changed to American, You Tube changed to YouTube, South Carolina changed to SouthCarolina, white American changed to WhiteAmerican, black American changed to BlackAmerican, health care changed to healthcare, Christians changed to Christian, racial and races changed to race.

Some of these changes are not reflected in the finished cloud as the counts remained too low.

‘s was removed from possessive nouns to ensure that posessives were not listed differently than the nouns that possess.

John McCain’s Acceptance Speech at RNC (September 4, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , , — cjolesh @ 12:16 am

Source: http://portal.gopconvention2008.com/speech/details.aspx?id=84

Process notes: word cloud generated by Wordle.net. Combinations and other edits: United States changed to UnitedStates, Senator Obama changed to SenatorObama, teacher changed to teachers, health care changed to healthcare, White House changed to WhiteHouse, Pearl Harbor changed to PearlHarbor, vice president changed to VicePresident, child changed to children, Governor Sarah Palin / Governor Palin changed to GovernorPalin, tax / taxation changed to taxes, Americans changed to American, family changed to families, $ or dollar changed to USD, opportunities changed to opportunity, school changed to schools .

Some of these changes are not reflected in the finished cloud as the counts remained too low.

A space was added before each (NOUN)’s to ensure that possessives were not listed differently than the nouns that possess.

Note that we did not combine words relating to work, although their counts were high (work -15 instances, worked – 3 instances, workers – 6 instances, workforce – 1 instance, working – 2 instances, and works – 6 instances).

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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