Freedom is undoubtedly one of the most important principles in the United States of America, so it seems like a natural point for the nation’s leaders to discuss in major speeches.
But President Obama has used the word “Freedom” less than any other president in modern history in his State of the Union.
The Atlantic ran an analysis of all State of the Union speeches and found this:
“Perhaps the defining value of American society, the word is surprisingly rare in the nation’s first century. It appears only once in the Constitution, and early presidents used it sparingly. Not until FDR placed the “Four Freedoms” at the heart of his 1941 State of the Union did the term become a staple of presidential rhetoric. Since then, it has flourished, but with a noticeably partisan tilt: the four presidents to use it the most are Eisenhower, Reagan, and the Bushes. To date, Obama has used it less frequently than any president since Warren Harding.”
And the number of times Obama used “freedom” in the 2015 State of the Union? Only once.
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