** Sunday 22nd. I’m flattered that so many have read this article since I posted it an hour after the speech on Friday. Since then it’s received a VERY mixed response. The thing is, I wrote this simply for my own amusement just to see what some of Watson’s personality profiling API’s might make of it. Turns out that 1,116 words was just a bit too small of a data set to offer any significant comparisons. So enjoy what I found, but given the appetite for this kind of analysis I’m currently working on a MUCH bigger (and deeper) piece, by feeding all Trump’s speeches and EVERY one of his tweets into Watson. Now that should make for some interesting results. Will post later this week. **
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It’s been an interesting day. The 45th President of the United States of America took office just two hours ago, and he is clearly unlike any other President that has gone before him. So just for fun, I thought I might feed his inauguration speech into Watson in real-time, in order to see what the smartest computer in the world had to say about it. Would he notice any anomalies, or insights that the professional political commentators might have missed? Might we some people respect Trump a little more if they looked at his speech more analytically than emotionally? Have a look for yourself at all the data below and make up your own mind. The conclusion I drew was not at all what I expected…
Donald Trump’s incoming press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Thursday 19th January that his inauguration speech would be “A very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country. He will discuss what it means to be an American, the challenges that we face, as members of the middle class, that they face.” With the help of long-time speech-writer Stephen Miller, Mr Trump wrote a relatively short speech referring to ideas from his campaign such as “America First” and the need to “Make America Great Again“. Just five years earlier, we were listening to a slightly different rhetoric.
“We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”
That was one of the many bold yet resolute declarations made by the 44th President of the United States of America, President Barack Hussein Obama, in his Presidential Acceptance Speech 2012 after a long-fought political tussle with Governor Mitt Romney. Being one of the greatest orators in our times, to describe President Obama’s Acceptance Speech as “electrifying” would hardly be an overstatement.
In fact, for anyone who has been attuned to President Obama’s manner of speech crafting and delivery, you will notice that his speeches are often peppered heavily with stories and personal anecdotes, gratitude and over-flowing humility, inspiration and an amazing sense of intimacy, rallies for solidarity and empathy for diversity.