Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Obama: I, Me, My


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June 12, 2009:
"In his speech honoring the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, for example, Obama made 10 first person references.
...his recent speech in Cairo was peppered with 68 first person references (I, me, my, or mine).
In his aforementioned national security speech on May 21, President Obama made an astounding 147 first person references."
-Tom Bevan

September 7, 2009:
President Obama's speech to the students of America:
"I" is used 56 times
"school" 19 times
"education " 10
"country" 7
"parents" 5
September 23, 2009:
During the 5 TV interviews given on Sunday he mentioned himself 387 times in 82 minutes...
That's 1 every 13 seconds.
October 8, 2009:
Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches [to the International Olympic Committee] about . . . themselves.
In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns "I" or "me" 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago's case compelling.
-George F. Will
December 2, 2009:
President Obama in his Afghanistan speech to the cadets of West Point used the word
"I" 45 times...
"Victory" was mentioned 0 times.
January 22, 2010:


January 27, 2010:
State of the Union Address:
70 minutes
7080 words
96 uses of the pronoun "I"
That is an "I" every 43.75 seconds

August 9, 2010:
On Monday, President Obama hosted the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at the White House and talked about his own exploits on the gridiron last year with Saints quarterback Drew Brees. "He tossed me a nice tight spiral that I then lateraled to a kid on [Dallas Cowboys linebacker] DeMarcus Ware's shoulders," the president recalled. "I also want to point out I beat [Pittsburgh Steelers safety] Troy Polamalu over the middle on that throw." Obama turned to Brees. "You remember?"


March 28, 2011:
Obama's Libyan speech...
Word frequency based on 3,382 words spoken:
40 - people
26 - I
18 - military
16 - world
11 - power
10 - international
09 - allies
09 - free
07 - freedom
06 - violence
06 - Iraq
04 - my
02 - me
01 - Congress
01 - taxpayers
01 - war

March 30, 2011:
Obama's Georgetown energy speech:
[3,514 words spoken]
39 - oil
35 - I
20 - clean(er)
15 - gas
12 - electric(ity)
11 - cars
09 - my
09 - economy
08 - prices
08 - vehicles
08 - jobs
07 - reduce(ing)
07 - fuel
07 - biofuel
06 - trucks
04 - supply
04 - produce(ing)
04 - drill
01 - slogans
01 - me

April 13, 2011:
Word Count Frequency of POTUS National Debt Speech at George Washington University...
5,198 words spoken...
62 - I
33 - tax(es)
28 - deficit(s)
23 - spending
21 - you
17 - afford
17 - pay
16 - debt(s)
14 - trillion
12 - budget
10 - me
9 -- my
8 -- Republicans
1 -- fix
1 -- repair
1 -- scalpel
1 -- Reagan

May 2, 2011:
President Obama speech on killing of Osama bin Laden:
1,370 words spoken...
15 - Laden
10 - I
03 - my
02 - me
01 - military
01 - Bush

May 6, 2011:
President Obama word cloud & count frequency; Fort Campbell, Kentucky Speech:











1,999 words spoken:
36 --- I
33 --- you
12 --- America
07 --- me
06 --- thanks
03 --- mission
02 --- Laden
02 --- commander-in-chief
02 --- Depression
01 --- D-day
01 --- moon

May 10, 2011:
Word count frequency and cloud for President Obama El Paso, Texas speech on immigration...












3,339 words spoken...
28 --- I
21 --- America(n)
21 --- border(s)
16 --- reform
13 --- country
12 --- immigrant(s)
09 --- United States
09 --- immigration
08 --- jobs
07 --- families
06 --- broken
06 --- laws
05 --- rules
05 --- Dream Act
04 --- Mexico
03 --- fence
02 --- global
01 --- NASA
01 --- Einstein
01 --- votes

May 19, 2011:
Obama State Department Speech May 19 "A Moment of Opportunity" word count frequency...
5,450 words spoken...
30 --- must
27 --- Israel (i/is)
22 --- Palestine (ian/ians)
20 --- I
20 --- change
15 --- security
12 --- transition(s)
11 --- power
11 --- Middle East
10 --- conflict
07 --- international
05 --- hate
03 --- Jewish
03 --- home
03 --- Gaddafi
02 --- combat
02 --- oil
02 --- homeland
02 --- religion
01 --- ethnicity
01 --- Google
01 --- Muslim
01 --- rebellion

May 20, 2011:
Obama speech thanking CIA for Osama bin Laden kill at Langley, VA word count cloud & frequency:











1,735 words spoken...
53 --- I
16 --- CIA
12 --- thank
11 --- America(n/ns)
06 --- my
05 --- intelligence
03 --- law
03 --- terrorist
02 --- al-Qaeda
01 --- barbacues

June 3, 2011:
Obama word count frequency & transcript link for speech to Chrysler workers in Toledo, Ohio:
2,451 words spoken...
39 --- I
30 --- America(n/s/ns)
11 --- industry
11 --- future
09 --- jobs
09 --- Chrysler
07 --- economy
06 --- year(s)
06 --- my
05 --- recession
04 --- GM
03 --- auto
03 --- workers
03 --- billion(s)
02 --- taxpayer
02 --- dollars
01 --- recovery
01 --- debts
01 --- China
01 --- chili dogs
01 --- gas

June 22, 2011:
President Obama's Afghanistan speech transcript link & word count frequency
2,030 words spoken:
26 --- Afghan (istan)
22 --- America (n)
15 --- Al Qaeda
14 --- war
13 --- I
09 --- troops
06 --- bin Laden
06 --- Taliban
03 --- Iraq
02 --- 9/11
02 --- Libya (n)
01 --- Islam
01 --- Navy SEAL
01 --- victory

June 23, 2011:
President Obama's Fort Drum, NY speech 6/23/2011: word cloud & count frequency, link to transcript text:












1,054 words spoken...
28 --- I
07 --- Afghan(istan)
05 --- America(n)(ns)
05 --- sacrifice(s)(d)
04 --- Taliban
03 --- al Qaeda
03 --- 9/11
02 --- bin Laden
02 --- President
02 --- commander-in-chief
02 --- my
01 --- history

June 28, 2011:
President Obama speech at Bettendorf, Iowa Alcoa factory word count frequency and transcript link:
2,385 words spoken:
38 --- I
19 --- America
12 --- workers
09 --- future
07 --- manufacturing
06 --- me
05 --- economy
03 --- market
02 --- moon
01 --- profit

July 25, 2011:
Word count & transcript link for President Obama's East Room Address on debt ceiling & House Speaker Boehner's response:
President Obama:
2,301words spoken...
21 --- approach
17 --- I
11 --- tax
10 --- debt
09 --- deficit
09 --- spend(ing), spent
09 --- Republican(s)
07 --- money
07 --- government
07 --- balanced
06 --- compromise
03 --- trillion(s)
02 --- Earth
01 --- patriotic

Speaker Boehner:
931 words spoken...
11 --- spend(ing)
09 --- debt
07 --- Washington
07 --- President('s)
05 --- job(s)
04 --- limit
03 --- Obama
02 --- money
01 --- trillion
01 --- tax
01 --- trajectory

July 29, 2011:
President Obama statement on debt crisis in WH Diplomatic Reception Room word count, video, transcript link:
889 words spoken...
12 --- I
06 --- America(n)
05 --- Republican(s)
05 --- Democrat(s)
05 --- Congress
05 --- Senate
05 --- time
05 --- solve
05 --- credit
05 --- problem
03 --- solution
03 --- compromise
03 --- tax
02 --- spend
02 --- plenty
02 --- money
02 --- no
02 --- deficit
01 --- drama
01 --- party




August 6, 2014:
Obama Refers to Himself 97 Times in Speech to U.S.-Africa Summit.
President Obama spoke at the 2014 U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C.
"I want to thank," the president began.
He continued: "Last year in South Africa, in Soweto," he said, "I held a town hall."
Later, the president discussed Africa's expanding energy market: "I don’t want to just sustain this momentum, I want to up it."
"I just want to close," he ultimately concluded -- having eventually referred to himself 97 times in a 44 minute appearance.

I = 73 times
I've = 7 times
Me = 3 times
My = 14 times



January 27, 2015:
President Obama, speaking to an audience of mostly young people celebrating India’s Republic Day in New Delhi on Tuesday, told the crowd, “I realize that the sight of an American president as your chief guest on Republic Day would have once seemed unimaginable.  But my visit reflects the possibilities of a new moment.” He pointed out that he was the first American president to participate in the country’s Republic Day and boasted, “And I’m the first American president to come to your country twice!”
The president went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in the short 33-minute speech, touching on injustices in the United States and in his own personal life.



October 1, 2015:
Less than six hours after the mass shooting today in Roseburg, Ore., President Obama called a press conference to demand new gun laws, a move he predicted would spur critics to accuse him of politicizing the issue. If they don’t accuse him of that, they might accuse him of making the tragedy about himself.
During today’s 12-minute address, President Obama referred to himself 28 times. (For those counting at home, that's almost three times per minute.)
Note that in arriving at this calculation, we included mentions of "we" when he was clearly including himself as part of the plural pronoun; the many uses of "we" in referring to America at large were not included.



January 5, 2015:
In 33-Minute Speech on Guns, Obama Refers to Himself 76 Times.
While announcing his new executive actions on guns, President Obama spoke today about the pain of having to give speeches after mass shootings. He also spoke about meeting Gabby Giffords shortly after she was shot, and noted that she opened her eyes for the first time just an hour after his visit.
He spoke about his support for the Second Amendment, his background as a constitutional law professor, his critics, his frequent trouble locating his iPad, and perhaps most memorably, his anger when thinking about child victims of mass shootings.
If it's starting to sound like Obama made frequent mention of himself, that’s because he did.
In total, we counted 76 references to himself during his 33-minute address.
Note that in arriving at this calculation, we included mentions of "we" when he was clearly including himself as part of the plural pronoun; the many uses of "we" in referring to America at large were not included. "Me," "myself," and "our" were also included.



July 12, 2016:
President Obama referred to himself 45 times over the course of the speech he delivered Tuesday at the memorial service for the five police officers killed in Dallas last week.
Obama referred to himself twice before finishing his opening salutations and before mentioning the slain officers or their families. After noting the presence of President Bush, members of Congress and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings, Obama appeared to go off-script.
“Chief Brown, I’m so glad I met Michelle first because she loves Stevie Wonder,” Obama said, jokingly referencing Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s earlier speech in which Brown quoted lyrics from the song “As” in tribute to the deceased. The president looked around the room, pointed at Brown and cracked a grin while the audience laughed at and applauded his joke. “Most of all, the families…” Obama said, proceeding with his speech.
Obama would refer to himself 43 more times throughout the speech — most of which he personally wrote, according to the LA Times — including one instance where he referred to himself in the third-person: “the president.”



July 28, 2016:
Obama refers to himself 119 times during DNC convention speech.



September 13, 2016:
In a Philadelphia campaign speech for an ailing Hillary Clinton, Obama talks about himself 137 times.



January 10, 2017:
Obama refers to himself 75 times in Chicago farewell address.



January 16, 2017:
Obama refers to himself 40 times during Cubs visit to White House.