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State of the union 2016: tag cloud and non-.gov sites

President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address was tonight. Below you can see the tag cloud of his speech (thanks TagCrowd!) as well as Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)’s GOP response.

There’s plenty of analysis out there, so I won’t deign to add my own. But I will point out a couple of things that I found interesting: the SOTU site was nicely built, with easy navigation for each of the sections the President Obama covered in his speech (economy, climate, foreign policy, health care, social progress) and lots of information and statistics that could be easily shareable on social media; I also found it interesting that the full text of the SOTU speech wasn’t posted on witehouse.gov but on Medium, the video was posted to YouTube and I worry about the long-term preservation and access to arguably the most important speech that every president makes during his or her term.

Here’s the video in case you missed the address (start at 5:36:38 with the Justice Ginsburg hug(!))

President Obama’s SOTU Address:

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Governor Nikki Haley’s GOP response:

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Watch Obama’s 2nd SOTU address with Sunlight

I’m sure all you policy wonks are itching to hear President Obama’s second [w:State of the Union address] (SOTU) tonight (9PM EST / 6PM PST). There has been plenty of news coverage prognosticating about what Obama will talk about. WI Representative Paul Ryan is scheduled to give the Republican response to Obama’s SOTU.

If you’re REALLY wonky, you’ll definitely want to tune in to Sunlight Live where you’ll get the CSPAN live video, live real time blogging with Sunlight Foundation, Huffington Post, Center for Public Integrity, National Journal and CQ Roll Call, government transparency data and twitter coverage all wrapped into one page!

Sunlight’s coverage will begin 30 minutes before SOTU starts. Thanks Sunlight!

White House Quietly Retracts Entire SOTU

According to a reputable media outlet, The White House has retracted the entire State of the Union address! (I couldn’t resist 🙂 )