This tag cloud was generated from the 2008 State of the Union address. The words which come up in the very largest font are no surprise. Saddening to see “liberty, freedom, progress, peace” quite so much smaller than “terrorist, security, fighting” though. The relative size of “tax” compared to “health” or “schools” too. “Plan” is hardly there at all.
A few major differences: Congress is mentioned a lot more this year, while health and oil don’t show up at all. This year’s address looks more active…instead of “fight” we get “fighting”. Overall, the themes are still easily picked out: “terrorists” still play a major part in the speech, and we get “empower” and “hope” and “trust” as themes.
The Net-Savvy Executive picked up on Jason’s tag cloud last year and wrote this post on Visual Text Analysis, showing how other tools can also be used to analyse the SOTU. Apparently lots of language analysts love comparing the SOTU from year to year.