Here’s an interesting tool for political information addicts. The State of the Union visualizer will tell you what presidents used what words most prominently in their State of the Union addresses. In the screengrab above, I should note that the only reason applause is featured most prominently here is that in the transcription of the speech it was noted each time there was applause during the speech. None of the other SOTU addresses listed bore that notation.
It’s also interesting to note that upon searching, the only instance found of the word “gay” in any of the speeches is Bill Clinton’s reference to Mathew Shepard in his speech of January 27, 2000:
“We have seen a man dragged to death in Texas simply because he was black. A young man murdered in Wyoming simply because he was gay. In the last year alone, we’ve seen the shootings of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Jewish children simply because of who they were. This is not the American way. We must draw the line. Without delay, we must pass the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And we should reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.”
(via cool hunting)