Trump's first State of the Union vs. Obama's: By the numbers

When discussing anything from inauguration crowds to unemployment figures, President Trump loves to measure his presidency against that of his predecessor, Barack Obama. And comparing their first State of the Union addresses, Trump’s was shorter in words (5,190 to Obama’s 7,059) but took far longer deliver — Trump’s speech ran for 80 minutes; Obama’s 2010 speech clocked in at 66 minutes. Each included plenty of crafted applause lines: Obama paused 86 times for applause; Trump did so roughly 115 times.

In terms of thematic content, the addresses were starkly different, though Trump did borrow a key phrase from Obama’s secretary of state and Trump’s 2016 presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

But when processed using an online word-cloud app, Trump and Obama’s State of the Union addresses look rather similar. Lots of “America” and “American” and “people” and “country” and “Congress” and “jobs.”

For Trump’s supporters, his address was “presidential.” For his detractors, it was anything but.

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White House senior advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive for U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
White House senior advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive for U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump's relatives, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, watch during the president's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump's relatives, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, watch during the president's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump arrive for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump arrive for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (C-L) and Ivanka Trump arrive for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Eric Trump and Lara Trump (top L) and Jared Kusner and Ivanka Trump attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Jared Kusner and Ivanka Trump attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Jared Kusner and Ivanka Trump attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President adivsor Jared Kushner (C) and his wife Ivanka Trump listen during the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Jared Kushner, left, and Ivanka Trump listen to the State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, center left, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, center right, applaud ahead of a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. President Donald Trump sought to connect his presidency to the nation's prosperity in his first State of the Union address, arguing that the U.S. has arrived at a 'new American moment' of wealth and opportunity. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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