President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria Tuesday night comes on the heels of a long day full of developments that are quickly changing the conversation. The Syrian government has agreed to give up its chemical weapons stockpile. The United States, along with France and the United Kingdom, has begun a game of tug-of-war with Russia on drafting a U.N. resolution to get those weapons. The vote before Congress to authorize the use of U.S. force in Syria has been delayed.
But as this word cloud of the president’s speech shows, Obama won’t let the American people, Congress, or the international community forget what’s really at the heart of the situation: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he says, used chemical weapons to kill his own people, and we can’t let him get away with it.
By far, the most-often used word in the president’s speech from the East Room was “weapons,” followed closely by “chemical,” “Assad,” and “military.” Other frequently used words include “children” and “people,” which the president used often in his appeals to humanity. Obama has left the door open for a potential diplomatic resolution in Syria, but he hasn’t turned his back on using military force if the plan to destroy the country’s chemical weapons falls through.