Measuring the president’s words
Drag the slider below to see the most common words in President Bush’s State of the Union speeches.
February 27, 2001
additional america americans any asked benefits billion budget care child children congress country debt defense develop different earn economy education energy families federal freedom fund good government great health help hope important income increase medicare meet military money more must nation needs own pay peace people personal plan president programs promote provide rate reading reform relief responsible retirement save schools security seniors social spending support tax test time work years
January 29, 2002
afghanistan allies america american armed attack best budget called camps children citizens congress corps country danger depend destruction develop economy enemies faces free freedom goal good government great health help history home homeland improve jobs lives months more must nation need never opportunity own peace people plan protect regimes retirement school security september states tax terror terrorists thousands time together training united war ways weapons while women work workers world
January 28, 2003
accounted addicted africa against aids america americans called care cause chemical children citizens congress country disarm drugs economy energy fight good government great grows health help history human hussein income inspectors intelligence iraq iraqi life lives materials medicine million more must nation need nuclear own peace people plan power prevent produce programs propose protect qaida regime right saddam security seek states tax terror terrorists threat united war weapons work world
January 20, 2004
against america americans behind better businesses care child children congress country coverage cut dangerous drug economy enforcement free freedom good government great growth health help important iraq iraqi job killed law live marriage medicare meet men millions month more must nation need people prescription prison program propose protect regime right saving schools security send seniors skills states support tax terrorists training under united war weapons women work workers world years
February 2, 2005
accounts achieved advance america americans any benefits better build care children citizens congress country democracy democratic dream east economy elected force freedom generation goal good government great health help honor institutions iraq iraqi liberty lives men middle millions money more must nation need own paying peace people personal protect provide reforms responsibility retirement security social support sure system tax terror terrorists time united vote women work workers world years young
January 31, 2006
against america american attacks better both children citizens committed competitive congress country cut democracies economy encourage enemies energy fight freedom future good government great half help history honor hopeful human iraqi jobs keeping lead life live members men military more must nation need never offensive own peace people protect reform requires research responsibility retreat science security show society states support tax terror terrorists time together united victory women work world
January 23, 2007
achieve america americans attacks better border build care cause challenges children citizens congress country duty east economy elections enemy extremists federal fight forces free fuel funds future goal good government great health help hope insurance iraq iraqi job law lives middle more must nation need oil opportunity own people protect qaida reform requires safe security share standards states struggle support tax terror terrorists time together united war work world years
January 28, 2008
achieved across against agreement america american better build call children citizens congress country economy empower enemy extremists federal fighting forces free freedom funding future good government health help home hope increase iraq iraqi jobs law leaders leading liberty life lives markets million more must nation need past peace people power programs protect qaida reform schools security seen stop support taking tax technology terrorists time together trade troops trust work world
It's called a tag cloud, and its purpose is to show the most commonly used words in State of the Union addresses delivered by President George W. Bush. (The 2001 address, delivered in Bush's second month of office, was not technically a State of the Union.)
You can scroll through tag clouds of each of the president's annual speeches using the slider tool. The relative sizes of the words correspond to the frequency with which they appear in each speech. Some commonly used words like "the," "our" and "from" have been omitted.Source: The American Presidency Project, UC Santa Barbara and Citrus College; the White House
Credits: Ben Welsh; Chirag Mehta's Tagline Generator
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