Presidential Inaugural Address Word Clouds

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.


4 responses to “Presidential Inaugural Address Word Clouds

  1. it’s the comments that are interesting…

    this could be something interesting and fun and make you go ‘hmm’ but people take it way too seriously…

  2. And I can fully appreciate Bush using Freedom so much – it’s the kind of bu11sh1t word you can use to justify inhumane behaviour all the while claiming higher calling status.

    I’m just sayin…


  3. Amber – Any comment section involving politics on any blog or site has turned into a name-calling, angry exchange.
    I honestly didn’t even hit the comments until you mentioned them and then I went back over there to check it out. Ugh!
    As for “freedom”, the irony is how he used the word “freedom” mixed with fear-mongering to take those same freedoms from us., in my opinion.

  4. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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