One of his readers brought up an interesting point:
I went back further and looked up Ronald Reagan's first State of the Union Address in 1982. His First Person Singular Pronoun Count is as follows:
Reader Rob Lain emails:Others have probably done this already, but I just ran these numbers:I dunno, but what’s funny is that I think Obama was restraining himself here . . . .
Obama SOTU 2010 First Person Singular Pronoun Count
“I” – 96 times
“me” – 8 times
Bush SOTU 2008 First Person Singular Pronoun Count
“I” – 39 times
“me” – 2 times
Think this may wind up correlating to their relative contributions to the national debt, when all is said and done?
Quite a difference between Obama's first SOTU Address and Reagan's. Both faced similar economic problems. Both faced foreign policy difficulties. But it appears to me that the focus of Obama's first SOTU Address was himself and not the rest of the nation, unlike Reagan.
“I” - 36 times
“me” – Once
The other big difference between the two? Obama is an orator. Reagan was a communicator.