State of the World

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 these words.

Donald J. Trump

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Afghanistan20.034488705
Africa10.017244352
Asia30.051733057
China30.051733057
Cuba10.017244352
Iran30.051733057
Iraq10.017244352
Korea80.06897741
Mexico20.034488705
Russia10.017244352

Barack Obama

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Afghanistan50.068455641
Asia20.027382256
Britain10.013691128
China20.027382256
Colombia10.013691128
Europe10.013691128
Germany10.013691128
Haiti20.027382256
India10.013691128
Iran30.041073384
Iraq50.068455641
Korea20.027382256
Russia10.013691128

George W. Bush

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Afghanistan150.386797318
Africa20.051572976
Asia10.025786488
China10.025786488
Europe10.025786488
India10.025786488
Iran20.051572976
Iraq20.051572976
Korea10.025786488
Pakistan10.025786488
Russia10.025786488

Bill Clinton

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Africa10.013455328
Asia10.013455328
China10.013455328
Europe50.067276642
Haiti10.013455328
Korea10.013455328
Nafta30.040365985
Nato20.026910657
Russia70.094187298

George Bush Sr.

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Africa10.026476039
Europe100.264760392
Germancy20.052952078
Nato10.026476039

Ronald Reagan

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Afghanistan10.019402406
Asia10.019402406
Cuba10.019402406
Europe20.038804812
Libya10.019402406

James Carter, Jr.

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Africa10.021834061
Asia10.021834061
Britain10.021834061
Europe20.043668122
India10.021834061
Japan10.021834061

Gerald Ford

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Asia10.024236549
China10.024236549
Europe20.048473097
Germany10.024236549
Japan20.048473097
Korea10.024236549
Vietnam10.024236549

Richard Nixon

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Africa10.022436617
Asia20.044873233
China10.022436617
Europe20.044873233
Japan20.044873233
Korea10.022436617
Vietnam30.06730985

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Cuba20.063131313
Germany10.031565657
Korea10.031565657

John F. Kennedy

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Africa10.01896094
Asia20.037921881
China20.037921881
Cuba40.075843762
Europe20.037921881
India10.01896094
Nato20.037921881

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Asia10.01434103
China60.086046178
Europe110.157751327
France10.01434103
Germany10.01434103
India10.01434103
Korea90.129069267
Russia20.028682059

Harry S. Truman

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Africa10.003640998
Asia10.003640998
Britain60.021845986
China40.014563991
Europe120.043691972
Fascism30.010922993
France20.007281995
Germany130.047332969
Japan150.054614965
Korea20.007281995
Mexico20.007281995
Palestine10.003640998
Russia40.014563991

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Europe10.044843049

Herbert Hoover

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Britain30.027287611
China20.018191741
Cuba10.00909587
France20.018191741
Germany30.027287611
Haiti30.027287611
Japan10.00909587
Mexico60.054575223
Russia10.00909587

Calvin Coolidge

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Britain10.014912019
Europe10.014912019
France10.014912019
Germany20.029824038
Mexico10.014912019
Russia60.089472115

Warren Harding

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Europe10.017838031
Russia60.107028184

Woodrow Wilson

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

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Europe10.028145229
Britain10.028145229
Mexico60.168871376

Frequency adjusted for speech length.
Similar variations of words were combined. For example: China, China’s, and Chinese are all categorized under “China.”

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