the of state union

Just for fun: “The “word-freqency State of the Union”: The president’s speech, its 5,200 words presented first in order of frequency and second in order of appearance in the address (for instance, “the” appears 279 times in the speech, “and” 247 times, and they’re the first two words of the of state union; the final five words in this text are “trust guides unfolding purposes bless”; they’re all used just once in the speech, and are presented in the order they appeared in the original text. I got the word counts by pasting the text into an online frequency counter at

the of state union exposes the literary merit concealed in the plain vanilla syntax of the original — Bush and wordsmiths meet Whitman meet Joyce meet Ginsberg. And somehow, the message still comes through:

the and of to in a
our we is are
for that you will this America
have I can by on their with be they as from people all not must so act has health
help Iraq more
it them or who new law
Americans children economy world
American one tonight work free
some congress war
schools tax country
an these care great
us do when drug united
terrorists years been right
also most would nation
every my need last now marriage
taxes good year
Medicare security women nations no coverage
child weapons
freedom should make seniors under part way
those continue better against men
government important
send enforcement states
yet high job workers propose
unless just back
growth at your know
come behind
growing if what was
but never school jobs
because strong program other prescription only
system medical insurance
many without live were Afghanistan training
month lives forward
federal businesses families
danger about reform
much middle members terror
cut dangerous Saddam
passed regime troops
citizens prison
find skills
math percent
time together
millions over
Iraqi killers ask two costs take medicine support drugs get faith
aggressive peace threats
want rising
brought Hussein
give up face
go home
defend there
found east making long working nuclear
willing budget cause
attack allies man
small income
low personnel
basic money
than democracy enemies
compassion helping
power left
friends testing
parents students homeland expect
issue own terrorist life
even mass programs
character while require its had needs
choose protect courage
best choices
September institutions
Ashley meet defense
months god heart desire
council see challenge
confront higher since set expire
focus woman next lead fundamental each standards
vital where offensive
dollars third
rates day his president
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chamber funding
Britain international community
grade out thousands
science regimes provide private again
killed al Qaeda
return away
same saving
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illegal respect
change skilled progress after still patriot
believe hard into buy
able keep partners
save relief economic union
such religious stand
use young based million message
shown me letter
greater trade sent matter
plans serve objections often principled
killing already
weakening fields
countries justice love
place duties ended
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however goal having intelligence
supporters hardest
unfinished shadows
tracking tyranny
rise confidence began strategy
around nearly thugs
known voice services expanding
service begin providing
reliable leaders
double resolve
national always
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mission comes
aim upon dignity
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understand determined three takes
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energy elections
run urge pass along
less open region Korea
account limit protects
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effort bringing starting education receive commitment
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savings signed taken
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meeting civilization
proud decisions
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serious forces here
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train industries
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promote conservation
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sanctity outcome
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denied contracts
faithful cross star David crescent wall
executive opened billions
grant competition includes
codify discriminate past worked
mentors watch addicted homeless consider joy
group inmates civilized experience likely commit prisoner entry initiative
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newly land
second chance gates ahead
tests achievements shared
felt kind grief
grace rediscovered
daring victory
noble aims apart
witness calm sorrow
haul youngest girl Lincoln
Rhode Island lost honor
dear George W. Bush
anything determination
oppressed age
anyone posts tell she added
believes conveyed yes
yourself study listen mom dad
someone uniform
say thank
safe move
steadfast mankind
momentum unmistakable
carried alone
trust guides unfolding purposes

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