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
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)
- New York Times: State of the Union Addresses
- Style.org: State of the Union Parser
- Wikipedia: State of the Union Address
- Time: State of the Union
* 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