While we’re all still buzzing from the transition of power in Washington yesterday, I ran across this on ReadWriteWeb.
In addition to the word cloud of Obama’s 2009 inaugural address above, they’ve also got presidential inaugural address word clouds from George W. Bush’s second address, Bill Clinton’s second address, Ronald Reagan’s first speech as president and both of Abraham Lincoln’s addresses.
It’s all very interesting stuff to see what words and themes were hammered into the nation’s psyche.
I really didn’t expect to see “freedom” as the most frequent word in the Bush speech.
From Clinton’s words, you can tell the nation was preparing to head into a new millennium.
With Reagan, the focus was on “government”. No surprise there.
In Lincoln’s first address, “Constitution” rose to the forefront as our nation was obviously heading toward a conflict.
Obviously, his second speech was dominated by the “War” that ripped our nation asunder.
Very interesting stuff.