As reported by the CyberCast News Service (CNSNews.com) on Nov. 27, 2014, Barack Obama managed to insert references to himself into a speech delivered in Chicago a dizzying 91 times. For word catchers everywhere, the totality of Obama utilizing the first person singular, to include the pronouns “I” and “me” and the adjective “my” a hefty 91 times, even with any and all quotes from both a Windy City bar owner as well as from a letter from a citizen from Georgia disregarded from the count.
Ostensibly on the topic of immigration, Obama found himself both on the defensive and also off-script in the face of hecklers angred that his Executive Order hadn’t gone far enough. Never comfortable in either circumstance, the Chief Executive left many wondering if he’d lost control of the situation.
“I understand,” Obama responded to the hecklers.“Here, can I just say this?” Obama said. “All right, I’ve listened to you. I heard you. I heard you. I heard you. All right? Now, I’ve been respectful. I let you holler. So let me–all right? Nobody is removing you. I’ve heard you. But you’ve got to listen to me, too.” He seemingly pleaded with those razzing him.
In a gaffe that most of the national media seems to have missed, Republicans have charged that Obama illegally changed immigration law with his executive order. However, Obama has always maintained he nor any other president has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change any given law. Nonetheless, Obama said off the cuff in his back and forth with the outspoken dissidents, “But what you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took action to change the law.”
Also reported by CNSNews.com last summer while Obama gave a speech in Texas explaining why he would take unilateral action regarding illegal immigration, Obama used the first person singular a Texas-sized 199 times. As noted by CNSNews.com, according to the official White House transcripts, the Chief Executive’s speech was approximately 4,200 words and lasted 33 minutes. According to the numbers, Obama averaged using the first person singular every 46 words—or every 22 seconds.
Never one to shy away from referencing himself, Obama also made headlines during the 2012 campaign. While on a stump speech in Sandusky, Ohio, Obama used the first-person pronouns “I” and “me” 117 times during a 25 minute, 32 second speech. According to the official transcript of the speech released by the White House, Obama used “I” 98 times, and “me” 15 times during the course of the 25 minute scripted speech.
Averaging references to himself using “I” or “me” once every 13.09 seconds, Obama ensured the partisan crowd fully where they stood in his list of priorities. Towards the end of his stump speech, Obama vowed to his supporters that every morning when he wakes, they will be the first thought on his mind:
I want you to know that when I ran in 2008, I said I wasn’t going to be a perfect man and I certainly wasn’t going to be a perfect president, but I’d always tell you what I thought. I’d always tell you where I stood.
And, most of all, I would wake up every single day thinking about you…