Skip to content

Put the spotlight - ON ME: Obama uses first person singular 99 TIMES in speech

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/13/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Word usage seemingly hammers home president's vow to use unilateral action

"I," "Me," sand "My" were words used by U.S. President Barack Obama in a speech vowing unilateral action. In fact, Obama used the first person singular a whopping 199 times. This figure did not account for instances when he quoted a letter from a citizen or cited dialogue from a movie.

In President Obama's recent speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds.

In President Obama's recent speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/13/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: President OBama, unilateral action, speech, first person singular


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - President Obama in a speech delivered late last week declared his intention to use unilateral executive action to achieve his policy goals that Congress would not enact through the normal, constitutional legislative process.

"It is lonely, me just doing stuff," Obama said at the speech in Austin, Texas. An official transcript and video of the speech was posted on the White House Web site.

Come join the fight to end world hunger -- by going here --

"I'm just telling the truth now," Obama told the crowd. "I don't have to run for office again, so I can just let her rip. And I want to assure you, I'm really not that partisan of a guy."

Obama then went on to say Abraham Lincoln was his favorite president, and then gave a list of what he called "great Republican presidents," which, surprisingly, the arch-villain of the American left, included Richard M. Nixon.

"My favorite president is the first Republican president, a guy named Abraham Lincoln," Obama said. "You look at our history, and we had great Republican presidents who - like Teddy Roosevelt started the National Park System, and Dwight Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System, and Richard Nixon started the EPA."

The White House presented Obama's speech, which the president delivered at Austin's Paramount Theater, as "Remarks by the President on the Economy." The speech ran 40 minutes, and the full transcript, which included annotations for "laughter" and "applause" is more than 5,500 words.

In stark contrast to Obama's favorite Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, his Gettysburg Address was only 272 words - and did not include any form of the first person singular.

In President Obama's speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds. Had the president  spoken for just 15 more minutes at that rate, he would have used the first person singular more than 272 times in one speech, exceeding all the words in the Gettysburg Address.

In one 68-word passage, in which he vowed to act unilaterally if Congress did not enact legislation he liked, Obama used the first person singular five more times than the zero times Lincoln used it in his 272 words at Gettysburg.

"I can't stand by with partisan gridlock that's the result of cynical political games that threaten the hard work of millions of Americans," Obama. Said. "I'm not just going to stand by and say, okay, that's--I guess that's the way it is. Whenever and wherever I have the power, the legal authority to help families like yours, even if Congress is not doing anything, I will take that opportunity."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Politics & Policy

Goodbye Net Neutrality! You are about to feel how bad government corruption is Watch

Image of The FCC is voting away its ability to protect you. And Congress does not appear ready to help.

Federal regulators are about to surrender their power to enforce net neutrality. The decision will impact the lives of all Americans, even ... continue reading


President Trump returns federally seized land to Utah Watch

Image of The land in Utah belongs to the people of Utah, and it should be for them to decide how best to use it. The benefits should go to them, not the federal government in Washington D.C.

President Trump has reversed a federal land seizure from the people of the state of Utah, allowing them to decide how best to use the land ... continue reading


'Crime against humanity': We must work together to eliminate human trafficking - modern day's slavery Watch

Image of The United States had more than 5,000 reported cases of human trafficking in 2016.

The international community must join forces to eliminate human trafficking and its root causes, the Vatican's representative to the United ... continue reading


Tell all proves the scandals are TRUE: Hillary Clinton is EVIL Watch

Image of Clinton is legendary for her corruption. Now, DNC insiders are telling all.

For years, critics of Hillary Clinton have accused her of corruption, dirty tactics, lying, deceit and more. Her apologists have dismissed ... continue reading


Grim, fast facts about human trafficking Watch

Image of Slavery is on the rise.

It is a mistaken belief that slavery is a thing of the past. On the contrary, slavery is surging and becoming increasingly common. While ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.