Wednesday, January 24, 2007

State of the Union by the Numbers

As promised, here is the annual edition of SOTU by the numbers. Enjoy.

Length: 5,600 words
Times Bush was interrupted by applause: 64
Percent devoted to Iraqi strategy: 17%
Moments of applause during the Iraq segment: 5
Percent devoted to oil independence: 8%
Moments of applause during the global warming segment: 8

Portion devoted to:
Terrror/defense - 27%
Iraq - 17%
Honoring random invitees: 12%*
The economy - 9%
Health care - 8%
Oil independence/global warming - 8%
Education - 4%
Immigration - 4%

Times Bush used the following words:
Iraq, Iraqi, Iraqis - 34
War - 17
Kill, killers - 11
Free, freedom - 11
Victory - 2
Defeat - 0
Hope - 10

Terror, terrorism, terrorists
Osama bin Laden - 1
al Qaida - 10

Tax(es) - 10
Job(s) - 4
Earmarks - 4
Number of times "earmarks" has appeared in five previous SOTUs: 1 (2006)

Global warming - 0
Climate change - 1**

Health care - 4
Health insurance - 11

"Democrat majority" - 1

*Pro basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, entrepreneur and social activiest Julie Aigner-Clark, Wesley Autrey (saved someone on a NY subway), and soldier Tommy Rieman.
** Bush devoted a fair portion of his speech to ending dependence on oil and alternative fuels, but remains reluctant to actually utter the words "global warming"


crallspace said...

He said "Climate change" but he so obviously was in pain saying it.

Whatever... his words mean nothing.

Elayne said...

You should add "tells." Per Greg Palast: "There was that tongue again. When the President lies he’s got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he’s fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat. In his State of the Union tonight the President did his tongue thing 124 times — my kids kept count."