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SOURCE: Washington Post poll conducted by telephone Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, among a random national sample of 1,007 adults.

The jumble of words pictured above is called a tag cloud. We've created one for each of the front-runners profiled in the Post this week. The words are the ones respondents to a national survey most frequently used to describe the candidates.

This cloud features respondents' associations with Illinois Senator Barack Obama. It includes the top thirty-nine words mentioned, each of which was cited by 8 or more people. The size of each word represents the number of people who said it. So in this instance, the biggest word, "inexperienced," represents 123 people, the next largest, "young," represents 83, etc. More than 580 words were mentioned for Obama by 69 percent of adults (23 percent expressed no opinion, 7 percent had never heard of him and 1 percent refused).

-- Jennifer Agiesta

By Washington Post editors  |  December 14, 2007; 6:45 PM ET
 
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Even with a magnifying glass, couldn't read the little word inside the big 'P'. 'unpatriotic' ?! Why would a man who didn't love America become a US senator and strive to be POTUS?

Posted by: jhbyer | December 15, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's the MSM word scramble:

HACKS DON'T-DO-JOB LIGHTWEIGHTS KNOW-NOTHINGS PARASITES-ON-THE-BUS PUFFBALLS SMEAR-ARTISTS

There would have been more but there was no space left.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | December 15, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Political_Sage | December 15, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Political_Sage | December 15, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Other than the previously mentioned note about the confusion engendered by the graphical design choice of simply using font size to convey relative importance of words as opposed to overall word size, another challenge with this, and all WashPost blogs in general, is that they don't actively tag their entries.

So if you want to find the other entries in what the author terms a series of items like this for the other candidates you actually have to do a search for them, rather than simply click on a tag link attached to this post.

An interesting concept poorly executed.

Posted by: washpost | December 15, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Go, Obama Go !

Listen to the guy. He has a measured calmness..
He is a very inspiring guy, and I hope he wins. America is ready for a black president.

Posted by: vbalfour | December 15, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Barack Obama is the black JFK", so says Morris Reid, managing director of the political strategy group Westin Rinehart and a former Clinton administration staffer. Those "words" are authentic and significant and tell a much bigger story. Barack Obama is connecting with people, inspiring them and creating a movement in this country. He represents something bigger than any single word can describe.

Posted by: zb95 | December 15, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This is a biased survey intended to produce a desired result. The Washingon Post has time and time again shown negative bias towards Barack Obama. The worst was the recent front page article lending crediblity to the "Obama is a radical Muslim" rumor. It is amazing how well Barack is doing even with all this interference being run by many in main stream media.

Posted by: zb95 | December 15, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Which Word do you associate Presidential Candidate Barack Obama with the most?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1308

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Posted by: jeffboste | December 15, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

dyck21005:

I applaud you for doing your homework on Sen. Obama. Snopes is a good place to find thoughtful and well-researched articles on popular myths.

Your grade however on your homework is a resounding F.

What you did was copy the information that Snopes debunked.

The header from the Snopes page relating to those claims says as follows:

Claim: Illinois senator Barack Obama is a "radical, ideological Muslim."

Status: FALSE

It goes on to systematically refute every single claim you just offered. So I guess the question is:

Were you just carelessly copying information without realizing that it was false? Or, are you deliberately attempting to smear a United States Senator by spreading false statements?

Either way, you still get an F. If there was a grade lower than an F, you'd get that.

Posted by: cam8 | December 15, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama has not been attacked once by the main stream media and the vrwc has barely even taken notice of him. He has not been vetted in the cauldron of political attack and destroy. But - if he was chosen to be our nominee...that would surely change.

Without going to google, just off the top of my head, the following list is comprised of "issues" that I KNOW that talk radio and the right would go after Obama on. There is no doubt that many of these "stories" and "issues" would migrate from the Rush world to the main stream media.

My question is - do you actually think Obama could win in November after 8 months of post primaries investigation, attack and abuse on subjects like these?

It would be so easy for the GOP - here's the initial Obama radio topic rundown:

-the man wants to BAN making guns
-the man wans to BAN selling guns
-the man wants to BAN - YOU owning guns
-hes against the death penalty
-he wants to let crackheads out of jail - NOW!
-he wants to let illegal aliens on your roads to kill your kids
-he wants to let MORE illegals into the USA to lower your wages
-he smoked pot
-he snorted cocaine
-he took extasy
-he was in the same room as 'HEROIN"!
-he wants to raise YOUR taxes by 1 TRILLION bucks!
-he was a college instructor/professor/lefty
-he was/is a HARVARD lawyer
-he IS the chicago Daley machine
-Rezko!
-the company his wife is on the board of - killed a town
-he goes to a church who's rector hates whites
-his brothers are both in the nation of islam
-Rezko, Rezko, Rezko!
-his wife got a $200 G raise from a Hospital when he got elected
-his grandma has no electric or water-and he seems ok with that
-his first name is "barack"
-his middle name is "hussein"
-his last name is "obama"
-he doesnt LOOK like you
-he is a liberal democrat
-he is a radical
-wall street financiers like him - why?
- who the heck were his parents, grandparents, his "people"
-as a kid he seems to have told everyone he would 1 day be prez
-he says he's of a "new kind of politics" but his history says NO
-at harvard he seems to have told everyone that1 day he'd be prez
-Young Hollywood likes him
-will smith says hes gonna be the NEXT black Prez
-he told his future brother in law on the FIRST day he met him that 1 day he would be prez
-OPRAH!
-how can he understand YOUR lives?
-he sends his kids to fancy schools you couldnt afford
-the 1st day he was in the senate he had a meeting about how to set a plan to 1 day become the president
-he says he's experienced enough for the WH because he "studied" international relations in college.
-he says he's experienced enough for th WH because he lived in indonsia when he was six
-he actually said those last two things with a straight face.
-can he be trusted to stop the muslims who want to kill your kids
-who IS this guy. really?

Posted by: holdencaulfield | December 15, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

INTERESTING READING FROM PREVIOUS POSTING! THANKS Tell Oprah surprised that you have not done your homework. We checked this out on "snopes.com". It is factual. Check for yourself. Probable U.S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein
Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from Wichita, Kansas. Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya . His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.? When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school. Obama t akes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school." Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that he is no longer Muslim. Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's education. Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta . Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, as all of our other public officials, but instead the Koran. Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest evel - through the President of the United States, one of their own!!!!

Posted by: dyck21005 | December 15, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

FIRST! I'M AN EDUCATED BLACK VOTER AND WILL NEVER SUPPORT A OPRAHBAMA! CLINTON AS SEALED MY VOTE! IM ASHAMED FOR ALL WOMAN AND MOSTLY WOMAN OF COLOR FOR THE WAY OPRAH SINGLE HANDIDLY TUNRED THIS ELECTION AWAY FROM WHAT MATTERS AND INTO RACE FIGHT COMPLETELY DIVIDING THIS COUNTRY! EXACTLY WHAT WILL ELECT A REPUBLICAN, SO THANK OPRAH AMERICA! WHEN YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR CHILD TO A DOCTOR, OR LOOSE YOUR HOME AND JOB. Those supporting oprahbama because of winphrey are the same ones who insisted OJ was innocent. My child's future and health are more important that oprahs being power hungry or the color of a mans skin. Obamawinphrey would have done better without her support. Most people left the venues in IOWA/NH/SC before obamaboy even came onstage. What's that tell you secondly, Oprahs mentor Mya Angelo and her so-called boyfriend (no not Gail king) Steadman both support Clinton.

Posted by: dyck21005 | December 15, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

OPRAH
OPRAH
OPRAH

You can say what you want. She stood up and took a position. She put her comfortable situation on the line. How many people in the history of America have made a stand for something that is valuable for themselves or the country. The woman has a backbone and we, we Americans should stand up and respect her.

Posted by: coatesmoe | December 15, 2007 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Is America a banana republic? It appears to be so, because there seems to be someone or some machine that keeps telling me Hillary is the next president of the United States. Regardless of the negatives she is the only one. Bill Clinton will go down in history as the only president who got a BJ in the White House and he is still the one that the God fearing American Christian wants. Hillary has to give 850000 back to her favorite gangster Norman Hsu and still Hillary is the only one.Hillary is moving Bill back in for his third term and the press does not even mention a possible conflict of interest or legal consideration. Does one have to consider that the press is corrupted by the lobby organizations that have financed Hillary. Could it be that Americans are just not mature enough to select a president without some super power holding their hand. Is there someone who is saying we can not vote for Obama? Is the real news now starting to come from the blogs because the MSM has sold itself out to the highest bidder? What will be see after Hillary is president? Will Bill end up in jail because of fraud or rape? These are serious questions and would appreciate guidance or clarification. Thank You!

Posted by: coatesmoe | December 15, 2007 6:20 AM | Report abuse

I smell the sizzle of pork when many of you talk about Hillary....MENOPAUSE? What an oinker.

Posted by: balecox | December 15, 2007 5:56 AM | Report abuse

OPRAH

OPRAH

OPRAH

everyone went to see OPRAH... and NOT obama! LOL

do you know what would be PERFECT POETIC JUSTICE????

if everyone that went and saw OPRAH wrote OPRAH IN AS A WRITE IN CANDIDATE AS THEIR CANDIDATE IN THE PRIMARY!!!!

:)

:)
:)

WRITE IN "OPRAH" FOR THE WRITE IN CANDIDATE!

Posted by: santa_fean | December 15, 2007 3:48 AM | Report abuse

um...Obama is inexperienced. Why can't the Obama-ites just wrap their minds around that and say, "we don't mind the inexperience. we want a symbol of change, and we think that that's good enough to run the country. we'll take our chances."

Posted by: bbln | December 15, 2007 3:28 AM | Report abuse

This is maybe the stupidest thing I've ever seen in print.

The word "inexperienced" is mentioned 48% more than "young" in your survey. Is the visual representation of "inexperienced" 48% larger by area than "young"? Most certainly not. It looks like you've adjusted the font size of "inexperienced" to be 48% taller than "young" and left it at that. That's only one of several mistakes you've made.

Whoever designed this ridiculous graphic ignored the fact that "inexperienced" is 230% longer than "young" and that fact that the area of an individual tag should be relative to each other, not just the height of the tags. So to make the area of the word "inexperienced" 48% larger than "young" (to reflect your survey data) you would have to make "inexperienced" roughly 25% the height of the tag for "young". Instead you've made in 48% larger by my estimate.

Basic graph theory from Edward Tufte: Another key element in making informative graphs is to avoid confounding design variation with data variation. This means that changes in the scale of the graphic should always correspond to changes in the data being represented.

This graph is truly garbage. It's so bad you should issue a correction. You've exaggerated what you are trying to convey by roughly 1000%. It's as sad as it is bad.

Posted by: jamusco | December 15, 2007 3:13 AM | Report abuse

julietjan17: I'm sure you'll feel better once you've taken your medication. But sit down and be quiet for a little while till it begins to take effect. People are beginning to stare.

Seriously, this is the kind of thing whipped up by the Shaheen interview, and in case anyone thinks this was an unintended consequence, you must have just fallen off the turnip truck.

I'm a life-long Demo, active in the state organization, but I won't have anything to do with a candidate that encourages people like this. There's a price to pay in the quest for power that candidates with a modicum of decency ultimately refuse to pay, but as with everything else, norms of conduct simply don't apply to the Clintons. They are ethical monsters.

Just appalling.

Posted by: zoot1 | December 15, 2007 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Well the word i have for the polled folks is simply, 'uninformed'.
Not that anyone can blame them. Hillary has run a relentless dishonest campaign against Obama, labeling him as "inexperienced", even though Obama has held elected office for 4 years longer than she has.

Obama has held elected office for 11 years. Obama sponsored over 820 bills while serving in the Illinois senate (from 1996-2004). He authored the most sweeping ethics reform bill passed into law in over 20 years. He sponsored a law enhancing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform and increased subsidies for child care. Obama also led the passage of legislation mandating videotaping of homicide interrogations, and a law to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they stopped.

In 2002 Obama spoke out publicly against the war in Iraq, and proceeded to accurately predict the quagmire of Iraq.

Obama was elected to the United States senate in 2004. In his first year he authored 152 bills, and co-sponsored another 427. These included the Coburn-Obama government Transparency Act of 2006 (signed into law by Bush), The Lugar-Obama initiatives (working with republican, Richard Lugar) aimed at nuclear non-proliferation and conventional weapons threat reduction. He is one of only 2 lawmakers sponsoring a campaign finance reform bill that currently sits in the senate. There are 890 bills in Obama's name since he entered the Senate. He has Cosponsored 1096.

Obama currently serves on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Veterans'' Affairs. He has a degree in International Relations, a Law degree, and taught constitutional law for 10 years.

Posted by: julieds | December 15, 2007 2:55 AM | Report abuse

My words: EXPERIENCED, HONEST, UNIFIER, BRILLIANT, BRIDGE-BUILDER, GRACIOUS, SENSIBLE, DIPLOMAT, STATESMAN, ELEGANT, GRASSROOTS ORGANIZER, HUMANITARIAN, CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER, HUMANE, ETC. ETC. Your reporting is unethical and inappropriate. I am quite appalled.

Posted by: SFT1 | December 15, 2007 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Extremely biased.

Posted by: fsavage | December 15, 2007 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I will vote for whichever Democratic candidate gets nominated. I don't, as they say, have a dog in this fight. But this is a grotesque distortion of what reporting is meant to be, even reporting with an "attitude." This is an opinion piece, and it should be labeled as such. Pathetic.

Posted by: adam_green | December 15, 2007 12:45 AM | Report abuse

This is a new low for the WaPost. Mr/s Agiesta's biases are very clear from her previous posts. Do Washington Post contributors have to disclose work they have done for previous campaigns?

Posted by: ohio4580 | December 15, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA REALLY IS NOTHING- NO TRACK RECORS; MSMERIZE PEOPLE/SMOTH TALKER BUT NON-DOER/UPPITY AND SHOW OFF;/SARCASTIC/CHAUVENSITC/WIERD/PRETENDER
HE THINKS HS BETTER THAN YOU OR OTHERS OR HES BETTER THAN RERAL BLACK PEOPLE. HE S AMUSLIM-HIS DAD FROM KENYA-A RADICAL MUSLIM ANOTHER DAD- LOLO SOETOTO
PLUS HES DMAGEROUS I FOUNF OUT THAT; HIS BIRTHEYAR 1960 JUST LIKE SADM HUSSIENA DN HITLER SAME ZODIAC SIGN/WWW.HOROSCOPE.COM
U TYPE HIS BIRTHYEAR 1961-U TYPE HILTR BIRTHYEAR 1889 U TYPE SADM HUSSIEN 1927 -SEE FOR UR SELF- OH YM GOD. HES REALLY DANGEROUS.THE SAME BIRHYEAR ZODIAC SIGN DIFFERENT BIRTHDAY(MONTH)PEOEL SHOUDL KNOW HIS TRACK RECORDS-TOO DANGEROUS A MUSLIM/BLACK GY BECOEM PRES OF HE UNITED STAES- WHITE POEL OR ASIAN OR NON-WHITE KISS OBAMA BLACK /DARK BUTT(ASS).

Posted by: julietjan17 | December 15, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

You will also find lots of words at the following two sites, that contain the best information I have found to date on Barack, and others:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Barack_Obama

http://www.obamapedia.org

Posted by: kiku | December 15, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a wonderful piece of news! Right on top of your game, WaPo, maybe next you can give us a Hillary Clinton word scramble!!

Posted by: modernwoman | December 14, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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