WORD CLOUD: In the Words of 21st Century Presidents

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 17:48:43-05

Today, President Barack Obama delivered his second Inaugural address. This is a comparison of the most often repeated words from the Inaugural addresses of both 21st century presidents, each of whom served two terms.

CNN contributor, Timothy Stanley notes that Obama’s address was much more “policy specific” compared to his 2009 address. says Obama’s 2009 speech was, “…filled with soaring rhetoric of a better nation intertwined with vague policy objectives. Some of his vision – health care reform and ending the war in Iraq, for instance – has been successfully implemented while other aspects such as his promise to change the political tone in Washington have fallen by the wayside.”

Here are the words he used most during his 2009 address.

The “hot” words during Bush’s Inaugural address from 2005 included everything from freedom to tyranny. In his second speech Bush said, “We have seen our vulnerability and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny — prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder — violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.”


However, his 2001 address focused on America, power, the government and enemies.