State of the Military

datascience@berkeley looked at each president’s first State of the Union address — from Woodrow Wilson to Donald J. Trump — to find out how often they mentioned the military.

Donald J. Trump

Party: Republican
Year: 2018
Total Word Count: 5,799

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Army10.017244352
Battlefield10.017244352
Guantanamo20.034488705
Marines10.017244352
Military40.06897741
Missile10.017244352
Navy10.017244352
Nuclear60.103466115
Veterans90.155199172
War20.034488705
Weapons10.017244352

Barack Obama

Party: Democrat
Year: 2010
Total Word Count: 7,304

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Battle10.013691128
Military20.027382256
Nuclear50.068455641
Troops40.054764513
Veterans10.013691128
War70.095837897
Weapons30.041073384

George W. Bush

Party: Republican
Year: 2002
Total Word Count: 3,878

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Battlefield10.025786488
Guantanamo10.02578648788
Military40.103145952
Missile20.051572976
Navy10.02578648788
Nuclear30.077359464
Soldiers20.051572976
Troops30.077359464
Veterans10.025786488
War120.309437855
Weapons120.309437855

Bill Clinton

Party: Democrat
Year: 1994
Total Word Count: 7,432

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military50.067276642
Missile10.013455328
Nuclear40.053821313
Troops10.013455328
War20.026910657
Weapons50.067276642

George Bush Sr.

Party: Republican
Year: 1990
Total Word Count: 3,777

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Army30.079428118
Battle10.02647603918
Military60.158856235
Troops20.052952078

Ronald Reagan

Party: Republican
Year: 1982
Total Word Count: 5,154

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military80.1552192472
Nuclear10.019402406

James Carter, Jr.

Party: Democrat
Year: 1978
Total Word Count: 4,580

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military50.109170306
Nuclear70.152838428
War60.131004367
Weapons30.065502183

Gerald Ford

Party: Republican
Year: 1975
Total Word Count: 4,126

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military70.169655841
Navy20.048473097
Nuclear60.145419292
War20.048473097

Richard Nixon

Party: Republican
Year: 1970
Total Word Count: 4,457

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Battle10.022436617
Military30.06730985
War160.358985865
Weapons10.02243661656

Lyndon B. Johnson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1964
Total Word Count: 3,168

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military30.09469697
Nuclear10.031565657
War70.220959596
Weapons20.063131313

John F. Kennedy

Party: Democrat
Year: 1961
Total Word Count: 5,274

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military50.094804702
Missile30.056882821
Nuclear30.056882821
War60.113765643
Weapons20.037921881

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Party: Republican
Year: 1953
Total Word Count: 6,973

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Army10.01434103
Military120.172092356
Navy20.028682059
Soldiers10.01434103
Veterans20.028682059
War50.071705148
Weapons10.01434103

Harry S. Truman

Party: Democrat
Year: 1946
Total Word Count: 27,465

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Army70.021845986
Battle10.003640998
Marines10.003640998
Military150.054614965
Navy160.058255962
Nazi40.014563991
Soldiers10.003640998
Troops20.007281995
Veterans360.131075915
War2220.808301475
Weapons20.007281995

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Party: Democrat
Year: 1934
Total Word Count: 2,230

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
War10.044843049

Herbert Hoover

Party: Republican
Year: 1929
Total Word Count: 10,994

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Army70.063671093
Marines30.027287611
Military10.00909587
Navy80.072766964
Soldiers20.018191741
Veterans90.081862834
War140.127342187

Calvin Coolidge

Party: Republican
Year: 1923
Total Word Count: 6,706

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Army50.074560095
Navy50.074560095
Veterans30.044736057
War100.149120191

Warren Harding

Party: Republican
Year: 1921
Total Word Count: 5,606

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Navy10.017838031
Soldiers10.017838031
War140.24973243

Woodrow Wilson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1913
Total Word Count: 3,553

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Military10.028145229

Frequency adjusted for speech length.
Similar variations of words were combined. For example: naval and navy are both categorized as “navy.”

Source: The American Presidency Project — http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php