These two keyword clouds compare the text of President Bush's first State of the Union address — delivered less than five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — with Tuesday's 50-minute speech.

What are keyword clouds? You've seen these on Flickr and some blogging sites. They list commonly-occurring words in a body of text, giving greater visual weight to those that appear more often. They're used for distilling a large amount of text into something that can be processed in a glance. Of course, they lack any kind of context, but who needs that? (We're kidding.)

Hold your mouse over a word for a moment to see how many times it appeared in the text of the speech.

State of the Union Address
Jan. 29, 2002
[full text]
act afghanistan allies america american americans budget camps children citizens congress corps country destruction evil free freedom good great health homeland hope jobs join lives long months nation opportunity people protect regime regimes security september states tax terror terrorist terrorists thousands time tonight training united war weapons work workers world
State of the Union Address
Jan. 31, 2006
[full text]
act america american americans children citizens competitive congress country economic economy energy fight freedom future goal good government great history honor hope hopeful human justice keeping lead life members men middle military nation people reform requires research retreat security society states support tax tonight united women work world year years
Length: 3,875 words Length: 5,433 words