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Obama Moves from the Abstract to the Particular

By Garance Franke-Ruta

How do the themes President Obama lays out in tonight's speech differ from those in his Inaugural Address just over a month ago? The below tag clouds provide some clues. In particular, they show Obama moving from the abstract -- talk of a "nation," the "world," and "work" -- to the particular -- "American," the "economy," and "jobs."

Common Words in President Barack Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress

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Common Words in President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address

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By Paul Volpe  |  February 24, 2009; 9:26 PM ET
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I would like to know why the President did not once mention the protection of this Country from terrorists? Does he think that is no longer an issue? Although the economy is a very important issue to Americans, if we have a major terrorist attack equal to or greater than 911 we need his assurance that our citizens will be safe. Even the Homeland Security chief won't even use the term terrorists anymore.

Posted by: tazz33 | February 25, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

WORD COUNT? What ever happened to the WaPo and great investigative journalism like Woodward and Bernstein?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama the cool cat, rocks!

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | February 24, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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