Full Transcript and Word Clouds Of Obama And Boehner Speeches

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For those, very few, who actually care... 

Obama (2264 words):

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Good evening.  Tonight, I want to talk about the debate we’ve been having in Washington over the national debt – a debate that directly affects the lives of all Americans.   

For the last decade, we have spent more money than we take in.  In the year 2000, the government had a budget surplus.  But instead of using it to pay off our debt, the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts, while two wars and an expensive prescription drug program were simply added to our nation’s credit card.   

As a result, the deficit was on track to top $1 trillion the year I took office.  To make matters worse, the recession meant that there was less money coming in, and it required us to spend even more – on tax cuts for middle-class families; on unemployment insurance; on aid to states so we could prevent more teachers and firefighters and police officers from being laid off.  These emergency steps also added to the deficit.  

Now, every family knows that a little credit card debt is manageable.  But if we stay on the current path, our growing debt could cost us jobs and do serious damage to the economy.  More of our tax dollars will go toward paying off the interest on our loans.   Businesses will be less likely to open up shop and hire workers in a country that can’t balance its books.  Interest rates could climb for everyone who borrows money – the homeowner with a mortgage, the student with a college loan, the corner store that wants to expand.  And we won’t have enough money to make job-creating investments in things like education and infrastructure, or pay for vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid. 

Because neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to this problem, both parties have a responsibility to solve it.  And over the last several months, that’s what we’ve been trying to do.  I won’t bore you with the details of every plan or proposal, but basically, the debate has centered around two different approaches. 

The first approach says, let’s live within our means by making serious, historic cuts in government spending.  Let’s cut domestic spending to the lowest level it’s been since Dwight Eisenhower was President.  Let’s cut defense spending at the Pentagon by hundreds of billions of dollars.  Let’s cut out the waste and fraud in health care programs like Medicare – and at the same time, let’s make modest adjustments so that Medicare is still there for future generations.  Finally, let’s ask the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to give up some of their tax breaks and special deductions.

This balanced approach asks everyone to give a little without requiring anyone to sacrifice too much.  It would reduce the deficit by around $4 trillion and put us on a path to pay down our debt.  And the cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on our economy, or prevent us from helping small business and middle-class families get back on their feet right now.  

This approach is also bipartisan.  While many in my own party aren’t happy with the painful cuts it makes, enough will be willing to accept them if the burden is fairly shared.  While Republicans might like to see deeper cuts and no revenue at all, there are many in the Senate who have said “Yes, I’m willing to put politics aside and consider this approach because I care about solving the problem.”  And to his credit, this is the kind of approach the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was working on with me over the last several weeks. 

The only reason this balanced approach isn’t on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of Republicans in Congress are insisting on a cuts-only approach – an approach that doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all.  And because nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scales, such an approach would close the deficit only with more severe cuts to programs we all care about – cuts that place a greater burden on working families.

So the debate right now isn’t about whether we need to make tough choices.  Democrats and Republicans agree on the amount of deficit reduction we need.  The debate is about how it should be done.  Most Americans, regardless of political party, don’t understand how we can ask a senior citizen to pay more for her Medicare before we ask corporate jet owners and oil companies to give up tax breaks that other companies don’t get.  How can we ask a student to pay more for college before we ask hedge fund managers to stop paying taxes at a lower rate than their secretaries?  How can we slash funding for education and clean energy before we ask people like me to give up tax breaks we don’t need and didn’t ask for?  

That’s not right.  It’s not fair.  We all want a government that lives within its means, but there are still things we need to pay for as a country – things like new roads and bridges; weather satellites and food inspection; services to veterans and medical research. 

Keep in mind that under a balanced approach, the 98% of Americans who make under $250,000 would see no tax increases at all.  None.  In fact, I want to extend the payroll tax cut for working families.  What we’re talking about under a balanced approach is asking Americans whose incomes have gone up the most over the last decade – millionaires and billionaires – to share in the sacrifice everyone else has to make.  And I think these patriotic Americans are willing to pitch in.  In fact, over the last few decades, they’ve pitched in every time we passed a bipartisan deal to reduce the deficit.  The first time a deal passed, a predecessor of mine made the case for a balanced approach by saying this:

“Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment?  And I think I know your answer.”

Those words were spoken by Ronald Reagan.  But today, many Republicans in the House refuse to consider this kind of balanced approach – an approach that was pursued not only by President Reagan, but by the first President Bush, President Clinton, myself, and many Democrats and Republicans in the United States Senate.  So we are left with a stalemate. 

Now, what makes today’s stalemate so dangerous is that it has been tied to something known as the debt ceiling – a term that most people outside of Washington have probably never heard of before. 

Understand – raising the debt ceiling does not allow Congress to spend more money.  It simply gives our country the ability to pay the bills that Congress has already racked up.  In the past, raising the debt ceiling was routine.  Since the 1950s, Congress has always passed it, and every President has signed it.  President Reagan did it 18 times.  George W. Bush did it 7 times.  And we have to do it by next Tuesday, August 2nd, or else we won’t be able to pay all of our bills.  

Unfortunately, for the past several weeks, Republican House members have essentially said that the only way they’ll vote to prevent America’s first-ever default is if the rest of us agree to their deep, spending cuts-only approach.   

If that happens, and we default, we would not have enough money to pay all of our bills – bills that include monthly Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, and the government contracts we’ve signed with thousands of businesses. 

For the first time in history, our country’s Triple A credit rating would be downgraded, leaving investors around the world to wonder whether the United States is still a good bet.  Interest rates would skyrocket on credit cards, mortgages, and car loans, which amounts to a huge tax hike on the American people.  We would risk sparking a deep economic crisis – one caused almost entirely by Washington.

Defaulting on our obligations is a reckless and irresponsible outcome to this debate.  And Republican leaders say that they agree we must avoid default.  But the new approach that Speaker Boehner unveiled today, which would temporarily extend the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts, would force us to once again face the threat of default just six months from now.  In other words, it doesn’t solve the problem.  

First of all, a six-month extension of the debt ceiling might not be enough to avoid a credit downgrade and the higher interest rates that all Americans would have to pay as a result.  We know what we have to do to reduce our deficits; there’s no point in putting the economy at risk by kicking the can further down the road.    

But there’s an even greater danger to this approach.  Based on what we’ve seen these past few weeks, we know what to expect six months from now.  The House will once again refuse to prevent default unless the rest of us accept their cuts-only approach.  Again, they will refuse to ask the wealthiest Americans to give up their tax cuts or deductions.  Again, they will demand harsh cuts to programs like Medicare.  And once again, the economy will be held captive unless they get their way. 

That is no way to run the greatest country on Earth.  It is a dangerous game we’ve never played before, and we can’t afford to play it now.  Not when the jobs and livelihoods of so many families are at stake.  We can’t allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington’s political warfare. 

Congress now has one week left to act, and there are still paths forward.  The Senate has introduced a plan to avoid default, which makes a down payment on deficit reduction and ensures that we don’t have to go through this again in six months. 

I think that’s a much better path, although serious deficit reduction would still require us to tackle the tough challenges of entitlement and tax reform.  Either way, I have told leaders of both parties that they must come up with a fair compromise in the next few days that can pass both houses of Congress – a compromise I can sign.  And I am confident we can reach this compromise.  Despite our disagreements, Republican leaders and I have found common ground before.  And I believe that enough members of both parties will ultimately put politics aside and help us make progress.

I realize that a lot of the new members of Congress and I don’t see eye-to-eye on many issues.  But we were each elected by some of the same Americans for some of the same reasons.  Yes, many want government to start living within its means.  And many are fed up with a system in which the deck seems stacked against middle-class Americans in favor of the wealthiest few.  But do you know what people are fed up with most of all?  

They’re fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word.  They work all day long, many of them scraping by, just to put food on the table.  And when these Americans come home at night, bone-tired, and turn on the news, all they see is the same partisan three-ring circus here in Washington.  They see leaders who can’t seem to come together and do what it takes to make life just a little bit better for ordinary Americans.  They are offended by that.  And they should be. 

The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government.  So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard.  If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your Member of Congress know.  If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.

America, after all, has always been a grand experiment in compromise.  As a democracy made up of every race and religion, where every belief and point of view is welcomed, we have put to the test time and again the proposition at the heart of our founding:  that out of many, we are one.  We have engaged in fierce and passionate debates about the issues of the day, but from slavery to war, from civil liberties to questions of economic justice, we have tried to live by the words that Jefferson once wrote: “Every man cannot have his way in all things…Without this mutual disposition, we are disjointed individuals, but not a society.” 

History is scattered with the stories of those who held fast to rigid ideologies and refused to listen to those who disagreed.  But those are not the Americans we remember.  We remember the Americans who put country above self, and set personal grievances aside for the greater good.  We remember the Americans who held this country together during its most difficult hours; who put aside pride and party to form a more perfect union.  

That’s who we remember.  That’s who we need to be right now.  The entire world is watching.  So let’s seize this moment to show why the United States of America is still the greatest nation on Earth – not just because we can still keep our word and meet our obligations, but because we can still come together as one nation.  Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

Boehner (931 words):

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Good evening. I'm John Boehner. I serve as Speaker of the whole House -- of the members of both parties that you elect. These are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why. 

Before I served in Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different Washington DC operated than every business in America. Where most American business make the hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual.

I've got news for Washington - those days are over. 

President Obama came to Congress in January and requested business as usual -- yet another routine increase in the national debt limit -- we in the House said 'not so fast.' Here was the president, asking for the largest debt increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.

Here's what we got for that spending binge: a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for. A 'stimulus' bill that was more effective in producing material for late-night comedians than it was in producing jobs. And a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours.

The United States cannot default on its debt obligations. The jobs and savings of too many Americans are at stake.

What we told the president in January was this: the American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts and reforms.

And over the last six months, we've done our best to convince the president to partner with us to do something dramatic to change the fiscal trajectory of our country. . .something that will boost confidence in our economy, renew a measure of faith in our government, and help small businesses get back on track.

Last week, the House passed such a plan, and with bipartisan support. It's called the 'Cut, Cap, and Balance' Act. It CUTS and CAPS government spending and paves the way for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, which we believe is the best way to stop Washington from spending money it doesn't have. Before we even passed the bill in the House, the President said he would veto it. 

I want you to know I made a sincere effort to work with the president to identify a path forward that would implement the principles of Cut, Cap, & Balance in a manner that could secure bipartisan support and be signed into law. I gave it my all. 

Unfortunately, the president would not take yes for an answer. Even when we thought we might be close on an agreement, the president's demands changed.

The president has often said we need a 'balanced' approach -- which in Washington means: we spend more. . .you pay more. Having run a small business, I know those tax increases will destroy jobs. 

The president is adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs. As the father of two daughters, I know these programs won't be there for them and their kids unless significant action is taken now.

The sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. That is just not going to happen.

You see, there is no stalemate in Congress. The House has passed a bill to raise the debt limit with bipartisan support. And this week, while the Senate is struggling to pass a bill filled with phony accounting and Washington gimmicks, we will pass another bill - one that was developed with the support of the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate. 

Obviously, I expect that bill can and will pass the Senate, and be sent to the President for his signature. If the President signs it, the 'crisis' atmosphere he has created will simply disappear. The debt limit will be raised. Spending will be cut by more than one trillion dollars, and a serious, bipartisan committee of the Congress will begin the hard but necessary work of dealing with the tough challenges our nation faces. 

The individuals doing this work will not be outsiders, but elected representatives of the people, doing the job they were elected to do as outlined in the Constitution. Those decisions should be made based on how they will affect people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician's chances of getting reelected.

This debate isn't about President Obama and House Republicans ... it isn't about Congress and the White House ... it's about what's standing between the American people and the future we seek for ourselves and our families.

You know, I've always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it's sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity. 

The solution to this crisis is not complicated: if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spend less of it.

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.

We are up to the task, and I hope President Obama will join us in this work.

God bless you and your families, and God bless America.


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rajat_bhatia's picture

Great Work Americans,this is what happens when you elect an alien as President!

OuaisBla's picture

Not an Alien... simply an incompetent.

Ever wonder why BO was elect as a president? Listen to the tone of its voice. Then replace it mentally by a chip munks like voice. 

Popo's picture

Obama's cloud includes "need", "like", "ask" and "want"

That about sums it up.

trav7777's picture

wtf is this BS, cut the deficit by $4T?  The defict has been cumulatively OVER $4T in his last 3 years!  If he means over 10 years, that is nothing.  That isn't even 1/4th of the way to balance.  We are running WELL in excess of $1.5T deficits annually...that is just the headline figure.  I put the real deficit at probably 2-2.5T when I looked at off-balance sheet war crap, the GSEs, real losses on real paper and the real bailouts, even assuming the crap Treasury bought to relieve the banks of it had some recovery value.  I find it incredible that the banks would have sold the prime tranches to a willing toxic waste dump like Treasury.  Treasury got garbage, the GSE's and FHA gorged themselves on toxic paper that is probably worthless.  The losses embedded in these portfolios have not been counted on the deficit sheet.  They would push it nearly a trillion a year higher.

Frauds and liars, all...

lawrence1's picture

Wrong.  This is what happens when you have republican whores of the rich refuse to pay reasonable taxes.  

Uncle Remus's picture

WTF is a "reasonable tax"? Whores come in all colors and persuasions.

Central Bankster's picture

So if you want to target the rich, why is it that you support raising INCOME tax?  Why is it that when I am during the accumulation/saving phase of my life must I divert all my resources to parasites who should have been earning/saving?

Urban Redneck's picture

Wrong.  This is what happens when you have a bunch of bankers and niggers who all demand Obama makes the US taxpayers pay their mortgage.

If you refinance the existing federal debt into a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, the principal payments alone require a budget surplus of $500 billion per year, every year, for the next thirty years.  If you give the US an undeservedly high credit score, then the interest expense will only double the overall obligation, so $1 trillion per year, every year, for the next thirty years.  AND THAT IS WITH A BALANCED BUDGET THIS YEAR

If you think that the US has primarily a revenue as opposed to expense problem you are as naive as this fool -

Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!

Raising more revenue does absolutely no good when spending is unrestrained.  It merely digs the national grave deeper to allow for more bodies to be disposed of when the bill finally comes due.   

fearsomepirate's picture

Last I checked, most of the big bankers were Democrats, while Republicans tended to represent more white-collar middle class and the lower end of the "rich" spectrum.

bigelkhorn's picture

Yes, when you get a fake president, you get fake papers.

I subscribe to the guy from australia and his FFT economic newsletter at http://www.forecastfortomorrow.com that guy called for Obama to get in ages before he did get sworn in!!

I hate being an american, its a shame that this man keeps getting up on the pulpuit and preaching on how good the economy is, when we all know its not! What an Obumma-nation he is on our country! *weeps*

SilverRhino's picture

It has nothing to do with aliens or races or any of that bullshit.  The guy's got a voice and can read a speech.   It's not like he is actually making a policy decision.   Hell is wife has bigger balls that he does.

But basically .... if you're a dollar holder your fucked.


vegas's picture

President Dumb Ass is getting exactly the panic reaction he wants so he can grow government. Remember, never let a crisis go to waste.

Yen under 78, swissy almost under .80 - even the shitty euro is rallying.

give him the tools of destruction and Amerika is over as we know it. This is what you get sheeple for voting this turd into office.

theopco's picture

Really? None of this would have happened if we went with "tell me what to say" McCain?

Not defending Obama, but your comment seems rather, well, naive.

TrafficNotHere's picture

Would McSame have spent over a year trying to push Obamacare?

Both sides knew this was coming but spent a year adding more entittlements.

fearsomepirate's picture

McCain is a mixed bag, meaning some good, some bad, unlike Obama, who is a pure idiot-savant sophomore socialist.  One of the things he had in the "good" column is that he has always been more of a deficit hawk than most of the rest of the GOP.  So no, I don't think we'd be looking at $1.4T deficits with a President McCain.

yabyum's picture

Fuck off rajat, if we wont shit from you we will squeeze  your head.

rajat_bhatia's picture

learn to spell first arsehole

KennyG09's picture

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

snowball777's picture

btu raajt is stlil an ashsloe

IgnisFatuus's picture

I actually read and understood what you wrote and it wasn't until almost the end of the first line, that I realized "these words are all mispelled". LOL

KennyG09's picture

Same here when I first read it.

barliman's picture


Is the word cloud set to ignore pronouns?


I would expect to see I and me among the more prominent words in Obama's cloud.



Irene's picture

Love the word clouds, Tyler!  +14.6

Brother can you spare a dime's picture

The main problem with Obamas speech was where he gave it. I didn't enjoy hearing about the austarity measures I am going to have to suck up, while looking at the royal red felt gilded chairs in the background of the East room. Poor choice of locations.

Hearst's picture

Great observation. He walked away all awkwardly at the end looking a little disappointed like he was holding back tears. While Boehner just stood there at the end of his speech and smiled.

NumNutt's picture

Funny, I was watching the speech and thought the same thing. Kind of got the immpression that he was bent out of shape because he had to get up off his throne and walk down the royal hall to tell the peasants that they are all fucked unless the king gets what he wants. King Obama the asshole.

snowball777's picture

I see a Peanut vs a Buffalo. Whadday'all see?

caerus's picture

right on...I noticed those fuckin chairs too...no one ever sits in them...and he struts down a goddam red carpet

FIAT_FixItAgainTony's picture

kinda like spy vs. spy  -  clown word cloud vs. clown word cloud.

may the fleas of one thousand camels infest their beds.

Cman5000's picture
USD 73.874 -0.190 -0.24%  : )
Samual Adams's picture

DXY = 73.68  and FALLING.   Default BITCHEZ.   Credit Downgrade Bitchez   :)


GOLD SILVER GUNS FOOD  Liberty or Death!

OuaisBla's picture

DXY is performing a falling wedge!!! If that is proven true. Silver and gold bull you are in deep shit. LOL


Falling wedge are the bulliest pattern of all. Be careful.


Otherwise... same business a usual.

But... a rule of the thumb. Never trust them, bernak and al. NEVER.

Ie. Short cevering on the green back most likely IMO.

So 73.60 a strong buy. 74 is breakout in one of two days at best.

bigwavedave's picture

seems all the congressional websites are crashing left right and center.

km4's picture

Obama concluded

That’s who we remember.  That’s who we need to be right now.  The entire world is watching.  So let’s seize this moment to show why the United States of America is still the greatest nation on Earth – not just because we can still keep our word and meet our obligations, but because we can still come together as one nation.

Boehner concluded

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.


Which has more substance and is grounded in reality ?

i-dog's picture

Which one will have the sheeple shouting: "Hell, yeah! ... USA! USA! USA!"

Samual Adams's picture

I hate lots of shit.   Among that lots of shit is Oblama's Speech Writer, and White House Press mouth diarrhea Carney.


OT:   Kardashian has PSORIaSIS! http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/gossip/flaky-skin-irks-kardashian-1.1105655


Edit:  And FIAT Currency, and HFT, and Jim Cramer and ChairSatan and Blythe Masters, and John Maynerd Keynes.   Now you may give me Green Arrow Upo

Steverino's picture

Just ONCE I'd like to hear Obama call the country a "republic".... 

Goldenhands57's picture

America gave up being a Republic and became an Empire in 1917, Steverino.

Steverino's picture

I thought it happened in 1913... 

voss's picture

To the trash with the speeches.  Lets see the line items in these proposed Bills, and then hear the crowd roar.

partimer1's picture

Why the fuck come out to give a speech and the solution is nowhere to be found? They are further apart after they open their big mouths.

bsdetector's picture

President Obama seemed more reasonable than Speaker Boehner.

bsdetector's picture

I can't believe I am getting these negatives. We have a president with a D denomination and he is willing to touch the third rail of politics. The cuts he was promoting are not the crap that Senator Reid is talking about. From what I am hearing, President Obama is willing to look at entitlements. And yes, I wholeheartedly want to see taxes go up for the top 10% of earners. And yes, I want to see corporations pay taxes. Sorry folks if this is a disappointing point of view from someone who follows ZH with a passion but I believe he is being reasonable. 

Urban Redneck's picture

"Bending the cost curve on Medicare..."

What comes out of his mouth is ENTIRELY MEANINGLESS.

The several thousand pages of text camouflaging his true intent which will inevitably give more money to those who don't need it and do nothing to control, much less reduce, unsustainable government spending, are far more important.

The political clowns could simply email a word processing document back and fourth and mark the damn thing up in redline- but no- they just like having people watch them run their worthless mouths on TV.