President Obama's word choices in State of the Union addresses illustrate the shifting issues he has grappled with. "Health" figured prominently in 2009, faded after the Affordable Care Act passed but took a bigger spotlight this year. "Crisis" was prominent in that first speech, but as the financial emergency faded, the slow pace of recovery remained, as indicated by the frequent references to "job" and "jobs." Tuesday’s speech also included numerous references to individual businesses.
Sources: The American Presidency Project, Times analysis
Credits: Anthony Pesce