The Year of Choice

Well, it is done. President Obama gave his acceptance speech to the Democratic party at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. If anyone saw MSNBC after the speech, they might have noticed that some of the talking heads mentioned that it was the speech of choice.

Choice was mentioned 8 times and Choose was mentioned 9 times. Here they are all are as single sentences.

Choice:

  1. “But when all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation.”
  2. “And on every issue, the choice you face won’t just be between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America, a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.”
  3. “And now you have a choice.”
  4. “So now you have a choice between a strategy that reverses this progress or one that builds on it.”
  5. “And now you have a choice.”
  6. “So now we have a choice.”
  7. “This is the choice we now face.”
  8. “If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void, the lobbyists and special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote, Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry or control health care choices that women should be making for themselves.”

Now pay attention to that portion. The first 5 of them mention only “you” have a choice (1-5). The next 2 say “we” (6-7).  And the last 1  is basically about “they” (8).

Choose:

  1. “The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place, and I’m asking you to choose that future.”
  2. “We can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs.
  3. “And if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years.”
  4. “You can choose that future.”
  5. “You can choose the path where we control more of our own energy.”
  6. “If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.”
  7. “You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they have.”
  8. “You can choose that future for America.”

Now pay attention to that portion. “You” choose is brought about 6 times (1, 4-8). “We” choose is brought about up 2 times (2-3).

Of course, when we have choices we usually make “decisions” and “decide”, which was mentioned 5 times.

Decisions:

  1. “Over the next few years big decisions will be made in Washington on jobs, the economy, taxes and deficits, energy, education, war and peace — decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and on our children’s lives for decades to come.”
  2. “If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them.”
  3. “If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them.

“Our” is mentioned once and “I” is used twice. “I” is mentioned twice because that same line was used at two different times in the same speech.

Decide:

  1. “We can gut education, or we can decide that in the United States of America, no child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school.”
  2. “If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void, the lobbyists and special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote, Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry or control health care choices that women should be making for themselves.”

“We” is mentioned 1 time and “they” is basically used 1.

“I” is brought up a total of 2 times.
“You” is brought up a total of 11 times.
“We”, “Our”, “Us” is brought up a total of 6 times.
“They” is brought up a total of 2 times.

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