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Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

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We turned to Nick Beauchamp, an assis­tant pro­fessor at North­eastern in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence and the NULab for Text, Maps, and Net­works, to provide analysis of President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address.

One of Nick Beauchamp's visualizations that tracks President Barack Obama's State of the Union rhetoric over the years and in comparison with other addresses over the past 100 years.
One of Nick Beauchamp’s visualizations that tracks President Barack Obama’s State of the Union rhetoric over the years and in comparison with other addresses over the past 100 years.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday evening deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. The president’s annual address to Congress—in what some may deem a subtle nod to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 “Four Free­doms” speech—framed his remarks around “four big ques­tions that we as a country have to answer,” including the economy, tech­nology, secu­rity, and America’s polit­ical divide.

The pres­i­dent also called for a “new national effort” to cure cancer, and said that Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, who last year lost his son to the dis­ease, would be “in charge of Mis­sion Control.”

To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to Nick Beauchamp, an assis­tant pro­fessor at North­eastern in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence and the NULab for Text, Maps, and Net­works. Beauchamp, who spe­cial­izes in U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology, has done exten­sive research to visu­alize the rhetor­ical struc­tures of polit­ical speeches.

Read his commentary and see each of his visualizations at here at news@Northeastern.

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