Politics and word clouds

 

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For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
– Matthew 12:34

Following the recent presidential election, the New York Times online asked their readers to send in one word that describes your current state of mind, and then created three animated word clouds. One with words from Obama supporters, one from McCain supporters, and one combined. The result is strangely touching. 

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Above are word clouds generated from the speeches of Obama and McCain at their respecitve convention this last year, and also word clouds for other speakers at the Democratic and Republican conventions.

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And finally, a word cloud generated from Bush’s State of the Union speeches. Source: Words that sum up Bush’s America, BBC.

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