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George W. Bush’s State of the Union Addresses Map

Jan 30th, 2008

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President George W. Bush gave the final State of the Union Address of his presidency on January 28th, 2008. An analysis of geographic references in President Bush’s seven State of the Union Addresses and his 2001 speech to the joint session of Congress* reveal that countries referenced most frequently are sponsors of terrorism, victims of terrorism or allies in the fight against terrorism.

This maybe stating the obvious, but Bush referred to America (440) and Iraq (163) most frequently, followed by Afghanistan (38), Iran (25), Palestine (14), and Lebanon (10). When referencing regions instead of individual countries, the Middle East (25) received the most references, followed by Africa (16), Europe (15), and Asia (4).

Map of Countries Mentioned in President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Addresses

George W. Bush’s State of the Union Addresses Map

Geographic References in President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Addresses

America (440) Iraq (163) Afghanistan (38) Middle East (25) Iran (25) Africa (16) Palestine (14) Lebanon (10) Europe (9) North Korea (8) United Kingdom (8) Syria (6) Israel (6) Saudi Arabia (5) Pakistan (5) Russia (4) China (4) Japan (4) Egypt (4) Asia (4) South Korea (4) Ukraine (3) Spain (3) Indonesia (3) India (2) Poland (2) Australia (2) Libya (2) Yemen (2) Jordan (2) Philippines (2) Cuba (2) Italy (2) Morocco (2) Colombia (2) Latin America (1) Somalia (1) Kenya (1) Singapore (1) South Africa (1) Congo (1) Bahrain (1) Bosnia (1) Caribbean (1) Canada (1) Mexico (1) France (1) Germany (1) Belarus (1) Burma (1) Zimbabwe (1) Georgia (1) Peru (1)

* As an incoming president, a formal State of the Union address was not given, however Bush’s February 23rd, 2001 speech to a joint session of Congress was similar in function to the State of the Union address.

Note about methodology: References to cities and citizens count toward the total references to a country (ex. Bagdad and Iraq count as references to Iraq)

Regions and Territories included in Tag Cloud

25 Responses »

  1. Burma was mistakenly left off of the map, but was referenced in the 2008 State of the Union.

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  3. I find what wasn’t mentioned just as interesting….Sudan

  4. searched the ny times website and found a reference to darfur in 2007, so Sudan was mentioned as well.

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  7. I find it interesting that the southern half of Sakhalin somehow doesn’t really belong to Russia. Is this a Japanese map?

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