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  1. Of course that doesn’t surprise those of us who have been paying attention since the early days of 2008 (or before). After all, what did Michelle Obama say in February 2008? “Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual,” among other, similarly charming tidbits.

    Comment by Kurt — January 23, 2013 @ 11:32 pm - January 23, 2013

  2. “Got it, America? You must believe!.” [Using this methodology, Reagan alternatively translates as: "Americans must believe government work"; or, "One world government must work"; Obama can go with "America must believe freedom"]

    Comment by Passing By — January 24, 2013 @ 1:40 pm - January 24, 2013

  3. Unfortunately, Passing By, since you would never accept or tolerate anything that showed Obama in a negative light, or disagree with Obama, you’re simply attempting to apply Alinsky Rule #4.

    When you can acknowledge that Obama is wrong, then you may have relevance to the discussion. But for now, all we see is the typical desperate cultist trying to deflect from the failures of his Barack Obama by screaming at and trying to blame conservatives.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 24, 2013 @ 2:34 pm - January 24, 2013

  4. As I said:

    I admit the ‘word cloud’ technique is a pretty sketchy way to analyze a speech…
    …the main point, for me, is simply the prevalence of “must” in Obama’s speech

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 24, 2013 @ 2:57 pm - January 24, 2013

  5. “the main point, for me, is simply the prevalence of “must” in Obama’s speech” [which is also prevalent in Reagan's speech--10 uses as opposed to Obama's 16 uses]

    “Unfortunately, [North Dallas Thirty], since you would never accept or tolerate anything that showed [your ideology] in a negative light, or disagree[d] with [Republicans], you’re simply attempting to apply Alinsky Rule #4. When you can acknowledge that [followers of your ideology can be] wrong, then you may have relevance to the discussion. But for now, all we see is the typical desperate cultist trying to deflect from the failures of his [Republican ideology] by screaming at and trying to blame ["liberals"]. “

    Comment by Passing By — January 24, 2013 @ 4:39 pm - January 24, 2013

  6. PB: You do know that 16 is more than 10, right? Also, experiment with adjusting the numbers to the length of the speech (as the word cloud seems to do visually).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 24, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - January 24, 2013

  7. “PB: You do know that 16 is more than 10, right? Also, experiment with adjusting the numbers to the length of the speech (as the word cloud seems to do visually).” [ILC, I get you. I was just commenting on the fact that Reagan's speech used it to as a major word choice. Reagan also had a bit of "must" about him--is half strength "must" necessarily less, ...ah, "musty"?]

    Comment by Passing By — January 24, 2013 @ 7:08 pm - January 24, 2013

  8. A.) Reagan was a stupid ninny.

    B.) Schumer is a selfless and humble servant sacrificing for the people.

    C.) I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 26, 2013 @ 9:35 am - January 26, 2013

  9. One teeny little point: Reagan was referring to his own beliefs; Obama was telling the country what to believe. Preferably him. Without reading the fine print.

    Given the phrase “America People Must Believe,” I flashed on Peter Pan, but actually saying the line would be over the top for this blog. ;-)

    Comment by Casey — January 29, 2013 @ 9:46 pm - January 29, 2013

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