State of the Union Topic Timeline

Each line below represents one key idea President Barack Obama used in his State of the Union addresses. Hover over any line to see the word, and any dot to see how many times it was used in that year.

Then, click on the buttons below to see how often Obama brought up the ideas in that year, compared to the total number of times he’s used them during his State of the Union addresses.

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Source: CQ Roll Call analysis of State of the Union transcripts