What's in the words?
21 Jan. 1:26 p.m. EST
President Barack Obama's second inaugural address was so broad that in 2,114 words, he repeated only three words more than a dozen times and those words themselves weren't exactly telling but geared toward future collective action.
The word Obama used most, except for common articles:
• will – 21 times
• us – 20 times
• must – 16 times
• people – 11 times
• time – 10 times
• America – 8 times
• together – 7 times
• country – 7 times
• make – 7 times.
Obama was slightly less verbose than four years ago when his speech had 2,385 words, but he emphasized the same words in both addresses. He said "us" 23 times, "will" 17 times, "nation" 12 times, "new" 11 times and "America" nine times.
Here's a look at some of the common keywords and themes that run through U.S. inaugural addresses since 1900:
“I think that because of the reluctance of both parties to bring about bipartisan action toward the economy _ certainly everybody is affected by the economy _ I look forward to him bringing the Republicans and Democrats together. ... I look forward to him bringing about compromising.”– Beniam Fantu, 34, of Dallas.
"There are no coincidences. I don't believe there are. This was exactly what was intended, to show how far we have come in our civil freedoms and in our civil rights."– Alenda Young, 39, of Chicago, on the inauguration ceremony occurring on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Young is president of the Monarch Awards Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Xi NU Omega chapter.
"I think he's a great man. He's trying his best. He did a lot his last period as I think he's going to do a lot more in his next four years."– Karen Espinoza, 24, was working at a Hispanic market in Little Rock, Ark., as Obama addressed the nation Monday. She didn't hear the president's speech, but said she was impressed by Obama's efforts on immigration reform.
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