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SOTU Word Cloud Predicts Content-Free Election Season, Obama Victory!

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That there is a word cloud from CBS based on last night's State of the Union address (SOTU) by President Barack Obama. If the speech accurately mapped the way things really are, I'm guessing that the tiny "debt" (lower right-hand side) would be twice as big as the "America" and "American" put together. And "jobs" would be more clearly linked to "where the hell are they?" or a frank admission along the lines of "government doesn't create jobs, though it can do a helluva lot to destroy them."

The full text of the speech is here.

I've got very little to say about the speech, which will be forgotten even more quickly than last year's, which had the unfortunate (and widely insta-praised in the nano-second before being forgotten first and foremost by the prez himself, natch) phrase about Sputnik in it.

Which leads to me two predictions:

First, this SOTU will not referenced again, except ironically, after next Monday morning. It will vanish down the Memory Hole lickety-split, hopefully taking the idea of a Financial Crimes Unit with it (don't we already got like thousands of regulators hired by George Bush—who Obama pointed out passed far more regs than he has?).

Second, based on the evidence of Monday's debate and this SOTU, I can't imagine Obama losing the 2012 election, particularly if and when the GOP nominee becomes Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. Last night, it seemed as if Obama was getting out of the car after a long drive and his endless list of new initiatives were like the food and soda-straw wrappers you brush off your pants legs: Memories of mistakes you made while trying to get to your destination without stopping to take a pee or consult a map. Indeed, it's far from clear that he was proposing anything new (some of the vague proposals seem to date back to George W. Bush's first term, particularly the emphasis on home ownership, which has turned out just swell).

And yet, can you imagine him losing to either Romney or Gingrich? Despite their willingness to bark "limited government" like trained seals, they do not represent alternatives to Obama's vision of a large and sclerotic state filled with bureaucracies (Medicare, for one, which both Mitt and Newt defend; individual mandates for health care; immigration cops everywhere; a corpulent military-industrial complex) that end up regulating most aspects of our lives or simply spending borrowed money until oblivion informs us that our check just bounced. Neither has come up with serious plans to cut spending now, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. They represent an echo not a choice of what we saw first under George W. Bush and now under Obama.

And if Newt and Mitt can't do it on the stump, why would anyone trust them to do while in office? The thought of Obama sticking around for a second term while facing a full GOP congress seems a lot easier to live through than Newt or Mitt working with same.

So if it comes down to Barack vs. Mitt or Newt, bet the house on Barack.

Because it's not like you'll be paying for the house anyway.

The Reason staff live-tweeted the talk, check that out here why dontcha.

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96 responses to “SOTU Word Cloud Predicts Content-Free Election Season, Obama Victory!

  1. I see “Americans workers get tax every year”. Is that what the SOTU was about, basically?

    1. Morning links later.

  2. That looks like an acorn. Coincidence? You decide.

    1. It looks more like an elongated toilet filled with diarrhea to me.

      1. Now, now, boys… there’s no reason it can’t both.

        1. Now *that’s* working together to get things done.

      2. sloopy’s correct – it does resemble fast food

    2. I actually was thinking pine cone.

      1. A psychodelic submarine.

    3. It’s a Bloviated Stogie.

  3. Last night, it seemed as if Obama was getting out of the car after a long drive and his endless list of new initiatives were like the food and soda-straw wrappers you brush off your pants legs: Memories of mistakes you made while trying to get to your destination without stopping to take a pee or consult a map.

    That is beautiful, Nick.

    1. Seconded. I had to read that twice, it was so good.

    2. yep. marked for favorite sentence of the year.

    3. It should go viral.

  4. So if it comes down to Barack vs. Mitt or Newt, bet the house on Barack.

    Because it’s not like you’ll be paying for the house anyway.

    I’m buying stock in pharma companies that make anti-depressants.

  5. Looking at sections of the cloud diagonally, I can spell out some pretty nasty words.

    1. As the coffee kicks in, I’ve been scanning it for more initiatives: million energy tax; get every business;
      put Americans last; ….

      What fun!

  6. I especially enjoy the starstruck lovers who still hold up the Bamster as some modern word-spinning Socrates. “What a GREAT speaker!” Really?

    Name me one memorable speech, phrase or idea from this man….apart from ‘there are those who’, ‘let me be clear’, ‘do-nothing Congress’ and other drinking-game disparagements.

    Although if Team Red could capture BOTH the house and the senate, it would be fun to watch him – and them – be utterly frustrated for another four years.

    1. He gives the worst speech of any President in my lifetime. He is just terrible. I still love MNG claiming that his speeches are so good school children will be reading them in the future like the Gettysburg Address.

      1. He gives the worst speech of any President in my lifetime.

        You’ve obviously never watched with the sound turned off.

    2. If it does look like he is going to win, look for people to massively split their tickets. No one wants a repeat of Reid, Pelosi and Obama running the country without any supervision. I would imagine in that case the Republicans would win big in the Congressional elections now and again in 2014. And then have a death match with an Obama Administration that will be a lame duck from almost the day it enters office.

      Come to think of it, that doesn’t sound so bad.

      1. That seems likely. I have to say that Obama with a solidly republican congress does sound a bit better than Newc or Mitt with a republican congress.

      2. I imagine Obama will just start ignoring congress at some point.

        I can’t wait for the 2014 impeachment hearings.

    3. One of my most liberal FB friends posted as her status this morning, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

      I didn’t want to create a shit storm, so it was about all I could do to restrain myself from commenting “For what?”

      1. shouldn’t have restrained yourself. we need more shitstorms.

        1. Facebook shitstorms are awesome because they’re enclosed in a browser window.

      2. Killing bin Laden, maybe?

      3. Oh my god, I had to do the same thing. I wanted to be like “Really? REALLY? Name one thing that he has done that he promised you on the campaign trail. And don’t forget he’s itching for a fight with Iran too.”

    4. You remember the speeches of great speakers or, at the very least, the speeches get people to do something. He consistently fails on both accounts.

  7. “(don’t we already got like thousands of regulators hired by George Bush – who Obama pointed out passed far more regs than he has?).”

    Me fail English? That’s unpossible.

  8. I am also in love with the talking Ron Paul Action Figure, and must buy one.

    It will look nice next to my Jesus of Nazareth Action Figure with “Walk-on-Water Action!”

    Advertising – the only thing keeping me from suicide.

    1. You should drink more. Or less.

      1. You should drink, more or less.

  9. I have 23% of the working age Americans who are currently not working who can most definitely imagine Obama not winning. OBama is barely over 50% in the polls and can’t crack 50 in at least half of them after the Republicans have been destroying each other for the past five months.

    Obama can most definitely lose. And probably will. Now whether that is good news or not is highly debatable. But it is pretty damned hard for an incumbent to win with numbers that Obama has. When your only argument is “the other guy is worse”, you usually don’t win as an incumbent. You can, but it is pretty tough.

    1. When the time comes, people will push the D button because they’re programmed to. People like to change their minds at the last second.

      1. Only about 40% of voters are that well programmed. It’s not that long ago that people were talking about permanent republican majorities, you know. That didn’t last long. Or consider the contrast of the 2008 and 2010 elections. Shit changes fast sometimes.

        1. my prediction: 2012 will set the all time record for lowest percentage of eligible voters casting ballots.

    2. I don’t know. Alot of the people not working seem to think its the republicans fault, not obama’s.

      And Newt vs. Obama will be a battle of the devils we know vs. aww crap.

    3. ” When your only argument is “the other guy is worse”, you usually don’t win as an incumbent.”

      ******************

      Actually, that was the entirety of the 2004 victory by Bush over Kerry.

      1. That and the fact that Kerry looked and talked like a complete fucking idiot.

        1. Soooo close, “we”, except “the other guy is worse” applied to Bush AND Kerry.

  10. Let me be clear: I spent all the money. We need a fair shot at those Americans who have been selfishly hoarding their cash.

    1. Nobody here earning more than a million gets out alive.

  11. Let me be clear: I spent all the money. We need a fair shot at those Americans who have been selfishly hoarding their cash.

  12. So if Emperor Barry wins re-election he gets to be the huckleberry when bond markets meltdown on Benny’s funny paper?

    That will be something to look forward to.

    I’ll be in my bunker.

    1. No. That’s when they arrest, try, and execute Bush for high treason.

      With a drone.

  13. I see a little bit of “Change”, but I don’t see any “Hope”. Where has the “Hope” gone?

    1. Let me be clear.

      I was hoping you wouldn’t notice.

      1. I got bin Ladin, biaatch, now send me your money!

        1. Hey, Barry, baby I got your money

  14. Do you think that if Mitt get the nomination he might choose Tony Robbins as his running mate?

  15. I don’t see what a word cloud does better than a bar chart does.

      1. Fair enough.

  16. I’m so happy that Charlie Crist has become shorthand in FL for everything I despise about principle-free politicians. And, despite Marco’s protest, Romney is a Charlie Crist.

    1. Shit. Wrong thread.

      1. Charlie Crist, TV trial lawyer.

  17. Nick… From your mouth to God’s hear.

    But the truth is, Obama SUCKS so badly that he’ll probably lose to Mit or Newt.

  18. MS Word has this odd tool called AutoSummarize that does pretty much what its name says. Dropping in the SOTU and autosummarizing to 1% returns this nifty bit of free verse:

    It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded.

    That world has changed.

    The competition for jobs is real.

    In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. Your country needs you.

    The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America.

    It’s about promoting America’s success.

    People danced in the streets. The idea of America endures.

  19. I purposely didn’t watch it because I didn’t want to have to replace my TV after I threw large and heavy objects at it.

  20. What the fuck is a word cloud?

    1. an abomination

    2. That meaningless noise that spews out of Obama’s mouth whenever there is a camera and a teleprompter in close proximity.

  21. It is screaming out to be said…………. Ron Paul for prez 2012

    1. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before….

  22. My daughter asked me to watch with her because it was assigned by her econ teacher. I haven’t watched one in years…man…the pain…

    It seemed like an unusually cruel way for a 15 year old girl to spend 65 minutes.

    1. she’s old enough so you don’t have to restrain your language, right?

      1. We actually had a great discussion about how protective trade barriers, subsidies, etc., that would be used to “bring back American manufacturing jobs” only screwed consumers, destroyed real wealth, and hurt poor people all over the world while diverting American labor and resources to less valuable use.

        She’s a VERY smart girl who wants to get a degree in engineering. She will destroy them in class discussion…teacher won’t see it coming.

        1. I applaud you for being an involved parent. That being said, your daughter will probably fail because that is not the narrative that the teacher will be expecting to hear from the sheep class.

  23. Gillespie, you’re as predictable as flies on dog shit. Fuck you, you sniveling right-wing hack.

    1. See, my rage is barely suppressed, but the lefties here – mostly Max and Shriek – seem constantly to be in full-on, flying spittle, in-your-face, screaming, swearing, name-calling mode.

      What is it with these incredibly bitter and angry lefties? Never got over having all those “kick me” signs taped on your backs in middle school?

      1. BSR, didn’t you know shrike isn’t a lefty, he’s a secular capitalist.

        At least that’s what he tried to claim last night.

    2. BAWWWWWWWWWW!

    3. Max, you’re as predictable as flies on dog shit. Fuck you, you sniveling left-wing troll.

  24. And yet, can you imagine him losing to either Romney or Gingrich?

    Europe is in a recession. The UK just posted a negative quarter, and is almost certain to join it.

    I don’t think our economy can improve if Europe is in a recession. We’ll be doing quite well not to roll over ourselves.

    If the economy doesn’t improve noticeably by July, Obama is done. With the caveat that there is no sure win that the idiot Repubs can’t turn into a loss.

    1. The republicans need a brokered convention where they choose someone who is none of the above.

      1. If the economy rolls over, just about anyone can beat Obama.

        If the economy just bottom bounces through July, a half-way decent anyone can beat Obama.

        If the economy starts to really improve by July, it will take a good campaigner to beat Obama.

        1. So in all of those cases, Newt and Mitt lose.

          In the first case, they lose by just a little bit.

  25. I agree that Obama will defeat either Newt or Romney, but the 2016 field in the GOP will be mighty interesting. I can see Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Gary Johnson all running.

    1. Lard ass Chris Christie is a poster boy for Type II diabetes, and Rand “Socialized Medicine is Slavery” Paul is a fucking Moron. Gary Jognson is way too intelligent to appeal to the tea Party. Who the fuck is Mitch Daniels?

      1. He’s Jack’s half-brother.

        1. You’re an idiot, Max. Go back to stuffing envelopes for the Obama-for-Dictator campaign.

  26. I’m a government teacher and I assigned a word cloud assignment to my students as part of watching the SOTU. You can make them at wordle.net – it’s a fascinating applet actually. My students had to choose 40-50 words or short phrases that reprented the speech and it was good fun to look at them today.

    1. WTF?

      Meta-troll?

  27. Nick is wrong. Obama will lose because in order to win people have to vote for him. No one will vote for him, not even himself.

  28. I see that “get everyone” features prominently. A hidden message?

  29. I didn’t see the SOTU; but reading this recap, I automatically inserted the Law and Order Thunk-thunk right after reading Financial Crimes Unit.

    And if they hire nothing but smoking hotties like Dick Wolfe; I’m all for it.

  30. You know it’s funny… I went to the site, wordle.net, that a previous commenter suggested. I put in reason.com/blog and I can’t even find the word “debt” anywhere in the cloud. The hugest words are: “program” “mortgage” “back” “economy” and “American”.

    I am now convinced that word clouds tell us absolutely nothing.

    Go Gary Johnson 2012! Yes We Can!!!

    1. Actually, nevermind, “debt” is in there, but it’s much smaller than it is in Obama’s SOTU cloud

  31. Did they leave the word “I” out of the word cloud?
    Because we know that’s the president’s favorite word.

    1. Let me be clear, John: what is true is, I also like the words “me” and “my”.

  32. It’s a Bloviated Stogie.

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