What He Talked About: From sports to threats to foreign countries, here are seven years of Obama’s preoccupations in the speeches he gave—charted.

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Publication date: 
01/2016
Authors: 
Ryan Kennedy
David Lazer
Oren Tsur
What He Talked About: From sports to threats to foreign countries, here are seven years of Obama’s preoccupations in the speeches he gave—charted.

Barack Obama can spin a good phrase, and while his political opponents like to say his actions don't always match his soaring rhetoric, there's no denying the man has said a lot: So far in his presidency, he's given more than 2,000 official speeches, uttering about 3.5 million different words. So what has he actually been telling us? To answer this question in a whole new way, we analysed all of Obama's speeches through the end of September and looked at how frequently different terms came up. Surprises abound: Afghanistan was the most-mentioned country after the United States. He talks football more than basketball, Pelosi more than Reid and "change" more than "hope" - except in 2012. Here's a unique look at what's really on Obama's mind.

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