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January 28, 2007

Your Turn: Bush Through The Clouds

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With a big hat tip to Chirag Mehta and his word clouds, I offer a “verbal snapshot” of George Bush’s seven State of the Union addresses.  (Each of the images above is a thumbnail which you can open, full size, in a new window.  First though, you might try expanding your browser window.  Balancing legibility with scale, I thought this view was optimum to see the pics together, and to draw larger comparisons.)

I’m fascinated to see what things you read in this.  (Obviously, the opportunity is almost endless.)  A few things that stood out to me, for example:

terrorists TERRORISTS; TERRORISTS; TERRORISTS; TERRORISTS; TERRORISTS; TERRORISTS….

FUNDING; funding; funding; funding; funding; funding; (no funding)

(  );  iraq; hussein/iraq/saddam; hussein/iraq/saddamhussein/iraq/saddam;  hussein/iraq/saddam;  baghdad/iraq/shia sunni

If you need a clearer view of these clouds, an explanation as to the meaning of word size and shading, or you would like to play with the original application (using the slider bar to compare the speeches, declarations and letters of every President, including a good number of SOTU addresses, going back to 1776!), click here.

(images: Chirag Mehta. h/t: jason griffey via boingboing )

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