Visualizing The State Of The Union Address (And The GOP Response)

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama discussed a number of economic and jobs issues, especially manufacturing

The big story of the day is, of course, President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.  Since the speech wrapped, analysis from politicos, pundits, and wonks has been pretty much non-stop.

As a business and economy site, we’re definitely interested in the overarching economic themes of the president’s address–and the Republican response.  But rather than add our voice to the massive chorus of national-level analysis, we thought we’d offer you a piece of brain candy instead.  Using transcripts of the State of the Union address–and the opposition response–we’ve created a pair of word clouds that illustrate the key themes of each speech.

Feel free to compare, contrast, and comment to your collective heart’s content.  (Just click on each word cloud to see a larger version with more definition.)

President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

Jobs, manufacturing, and energy were key themes in the State of the Union

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ GOP Response

Jobs, government, and the Republican economic platform were the key themes of the GOP response speech

And if you’re interested in finding out how some of these key themes are playing out in New Hampshire, check out these links:


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