President Obama didn’t pull any punches in his second to last State of the Union, and it was refreshing to see the normally measured president, let his sassy side out.
Metro collected the President’s speeches from this year and last year, and made them into word clouds. Why? Well, we like pretty things and thought that it would be a great visual aid in comparing the president’s two speeches.
In our word clouds the size of the word indicates the frequency with which it was used. The clouds do not include commonly used words and were limited to the top fifty used words.
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Take a look at Obama’s 2014 State of the union speech:
Now take a look at his speech from the this year’s State of the Union:
Perhaps one of the most noticeable differences between the two speeches is Obama’s inclusion of the word “college” in this year’s address. This of course shouldn’t be a surprise to most, as free community college has been one of Obama’s most recent pet projects.
What did you think of the President’s address? This is what some folks on twitter thought:
Does Boener have to look like he’s getting a colonoscopy everytime Obama says something good about America? I thought Repubs loved America?
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) January 21, 2015
I keep rewinding to “stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad and reward those that invest here in America” to watch Boehner scowl.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 21, 2015
“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change”- POTUS #SOTU15
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 21, 2015
— Chris Matthews (@hardball_chris) January 21, 2015
Obama: “I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I won both of ’em.” What a classy guy.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 21, 2015
Left out of Obama’s agenda: dealing with the debt, deficits/Medicare, Social Security going broke. #SOTU
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) January 21, 2015
When we stop fighting before our enemies are defeated, that’s not ending wars. That’s losing wars. #SOTU
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 21, 2015
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) January 21, 2015
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 21, 2015