Obama's Cairo Speech – Words He Used

Posted on Jun 9 2009 - 6:00am by Harrison

I found an interesting blog that showed the frequency of words used by President Obama in his speech in Cairo.  However, when I copied the text of Obama’s speech and counted each word using Microsoft Word I found the data was incorrect so I created my own graph adding other words which I thought were relevant.

Look at the chart below:


It is interesting to see how few times (zero) Obama mentioned “terrorism” although one could argue “extremists” could have been used instead (they are not the same for one can be an “extremist” without comitting “terrorism”).  I find it highly ironic that, in making an important speech in and about the Middle East “terrorism” is not mentioned once (not like they don’t know what it is).

Anyway, the Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about what words Obama didn’t use.  Of “terrorism” they say this:

But he avoided using the words that have come to be associated with that violence, at least in the U.S. Why? Likely because terrorism has become a loaded term in the Middle East, where one person’s terrorist is seen as another person’s freedom fighter. It appears Mr. Obama chose to describe the method rather than use the word.

If not obvious to Obama it should be clear to everybody else that “Middle East,” “Islam,” and “terrorism” go together nowadays like “B,” “L,” and “T” and failing to say the word will not change reality.

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Greg June 11, 2009 at 12:53 AM -

    Interesting that next to only The Untied States he used Muslim, Islam and Irag..not that this is a bad thing giving a speech in the middle east, seems he tailored his speech and his veiwpoints to the targeted audience.

    Did he do the same here in the United States,during the election? Did he just tell us what we wanted to hear?
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  2. Rados June 12, 2009 at 9:32 PM -

    You’re right, it just makes you wonder did we hear just what we wanted to hear?
    You just got to love a person who says only the things you like them to say.
    Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?