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Obama speech word cloud

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I plugged the text of the speech transcript into wordle and got this result:
Obama DNC 08 speech word cloud
The main theme of the speech is clear from the cloud: the promise of America. It’s worth noting that Obama uses that word to refer to an ideal, a description of the American Dream, which put simply is that anyone can succeed here if they work hard. It’s not a mere litany of government handouts, as others have insinuated, but rather an appeal to the idea of America, its immigrant roots, and it’s fundamental character.
And it’s also worth noting that Obama drew a sharp distinction between himself and John McCain, firmly establishing the fundamental case for why Obama-Biden is indeed an agent of change, whereas John McCain would be in all respects a Bush Administration third term. As Obama forcefully said, “change doesn’t come from Washington; change comes to Washington”.



  • Charles Laster

    ‘Word Cloud’, indeed. The commonwealth’s in grim trouble, and the dems choose a guy with a non-existent resume? Well, could have been worse–it could have been Edwards! And of course, Hillary wins 18 million votes, and doesn’t even rate no 2?
    Give me a break!

  • AJ

    Here is Gov. Palin’s speech, makes me think they are making a patriotism play,even if they may deny it…
    http://wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/151151/Palin%27s_speech

  • Henrietta22

    I watched Obama Barack at the last Democratic Convention in 2004. I wished he were running right then! I didn’t need a pedigee on him, or if he had a resume that would pass muster. He was so right on about everything! He and Biden are what America needs after an eight year nightmare. So I agree with the writer of this article. Pay attention everyone Hillary and William are behind him 100%!

  • Robert Bennett

    The word cloud demonstrates how Sen. Obama’s speeches appeal to emotions despite their illogic. “America Promise”? What can America promise tomorrow that it doesn’t promise today? Loads of federal freebies like health care, guaranteed jobs close to home, free education from daycare to university? Of course, paying for these things will diminish America’s economic promise in favor of “change agent” promise.
    No thanks; I’ll take small government and strong economic growth over cradle-to-grave freebies and trust the promise guaranteed by a nation of free people working towards their personal visions of the American Dream unhindered by a well-meaning but incompetent and oppressive government.

  • Real

    It’s obvious what’s important to Obama: getting his hands on the first prize: America; getting rid of the competition: McCain; and how he’s going to do that is by *promising* the voters any and everything.
    It is so much better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. So if his “promises” don’t gel, well he can always say sorry, but what good will that do when he’s already president. Number one priority is to get in the pound seat first and that’s by promising the moon.

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