President Obama will be giving the yearly State Of The Union Message shortly. I’ve been accumulating related links since his 2011 State Of The Union Message, and will continue to do so. The most recent links can be found at the end.
It’s a little late, but I thought I’d bring together a few resources on annual speech given by U.S. Presidents. Some sites have done interesting things with word clouds and analyses of previous speeches. Somewhat ironically, the BBC has some of the best resources on the topic.
Here are my choices for The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message:
The BBC also has an accessible article titled What is the State of the Union speech?
Here are five sites that have related Word Clouds — all somewhat different:
Patterns of Speech: 75 Years of the State of the Union Addresses comes from The New York Times.
US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud include all the State of the Union addresses ever given.
President Obama in Words: Speeches of the Presidency Visualized comes from ABC News.
State of the Union: The crafting of a speech is from The Christian Science Monitor, and would also have to be modified.
The New York Times Learning Network has an easily “updateable” lesson plan.
Here are some visualizations/infographics on President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address:
Breaking down the State of the Union 2012 is from The Washington Post.
Choice Words is from The New York Times.
The New York Times has an interactive video of the President’s speech.
isn’t a visualization, but Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post has highlighted the portions of his text dealing with education issues.
The ASIDE blog has a useful Visualizations To Teach The State of The Union post.
Bing announces interactive State of the Union site, Bing Pulse is from The Washington Post.
provides access to the corpus of all the State of the Union addresses from 1790 to 2012. SOTU allows you to explore how specific words gain and lose prominence over time, and to link to information on the historical context for their use. SOTU focuses on the relationship between individual addresses as compared to the entire collection of addresses, highlighting what is different about the selected document.
The Guardian has evaluated the reading level of every State of the Union address.
Assessing the Address: State of the Union Lesson Ideas comes from The New York Times Learning Network.
Here’s a word cloud of the President’s 2013 address.
Obama’s State of the Union Themes is a graphic from The New York Times.
The New York Times has come up with a very creative interactive for the 2013 State of the Union address — you get to “cut-and-paste” your own one minute video highlight reel at My State of the Union Address in 60 Seconds. It lets you do the same with the Republican response.
In addition, The Times has created an interactive video of the entire speech.
History through the president’s words is a cool interactive from The Washington Post.
If It Happened There: The State of the Union is a fascinating article in Slate.
New words and old words:Forty years of evolving State of the Union themes is an interactive from The Washington Post.
Use of Inequality of Language in State of the Union speeches is also from The Washington Post.
Bookworm: SOTU is like a Google Ngram for State of the Union addresses.
The Atlantic has published two impressive interactives: one is called The Language of the State of the Union and the other titled Mapping the State of the Union.
They describe the first as “An interactive chart reveals how the words presidents use reflect the twists and turns of American history” and the second as “An interactive graphic shows the 1,410 different spots on the globe presidents have referenced in 224 speeches.”
The Chances That A State Of The Union Proposal Becomes Law is a chart from Five Thirty-Eight.
The real state of the union, in 33 maps and charts is from Vox.
Here’s the text of President Obama’s 2015 speech.
Geography Of The State Of The Union is from The Washington Post.
History through the president’s words is another infographic from The Washington Post.
State of the Union…in emojis is from The Guardian.
The Washington Post has published an annotated version of the 2015 Address.
State of the Union: Obama’s greatest hits is a very intriguing interactive from The Washington Post.
Relive #Sotu speech with our video @Google data interactive https://t.co/d1OpZX6ZIO pic.twitter.com/bX6qJc6faf
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) January 13, 2016
From Johnson to Obama: Compare former presidents’ first SOTU addresses is an interactive from NBC News.
The word nearly every president uses to describe the state of the union is from the PBS NewsHour.
No other president has said these words in an annual address to Congress is from The Washington Post.
The unspoken words in State of the Union speeches is from Towards Data Science.
How the words used in the State of the Union have changed since Washington’s time is from NBC News.
State of the Union: The words and the facts is from USA Facts.
The words that hadn’t been said in a State of the Union until Trump said them is from The Washington Post.
Lesson Plans for The State of Union Address is from Richard Byrne.
New on @WashingtonPost: “Which president introduced these words to the State of the Union?” https://t.co/fpAJTwfQdv
— Interactive Journalism (@InteractiveFeed) February 7, 2023
Interactive Timeline: Historic State of the Union Addresses is from Choices.
President Biden was the first president in a State of the Union to say the words ironworkers, lunar, overdrafts, pistol and skyline. See the full list https://t.co/6cxm9A4tNV
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) February 8, 2023
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Thanks for the great site, Larry. Here’s another nice visual re: the speech’s language in the last decade: