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Text Analysis Of John Kerry's Acceptance Speech

Vietnam references - 14

veterans/brothers/soldiers - 4
Vietnam/that war/Mekong Delta - 4
fought/fight/M-16/patrol - 4
writing home from battle -1
defend country - 1

Iraq references - 5

This war - 1
Iraq - 3
War on terror - 1

Hair pollution references - 1

Begging To Differ has the audio proof.

Note: Your count may vary.


John Kerry's acceptance speech started with this unscripted quote, "My name is John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty."

The Associated Press picks it up from here.


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Comments (8)

John Kerry was in Vietnam?<... (Below threshold)
Joel:

John Kerry was in Vietnam?

First I've heard of it...</... (Below threshold)

First I've heard of it...

Well, John, your first duty... (Below threshold)
Robespierre the Incorruptible:

Well, John, your first duty here at Wendy's will be to take this broom, and sweep around that couple in the corner celebrating their anniversary. Cheap bastards.

Well, John, your first duty... (Below threshold)
Robespierre the Incorruptible:

Well, John, your first duty here at Wendy's will be to take this broom, and sweep around that couple in the corner celebrating their anniversary. Cheap bastards.

I knew I heard hair ... (Below threshold)

I knew I heard hair pollution.

What -- Bush has polluted h... (Below threshold)

What -- Bush has polluted hair? Well that settles it, I'm voting for Kerry!

How many times did he use t... (Below threshold)
Kaz:

How many times did he use the word "I"? I'll bet it was at least 100.

You're being much too inclu... (Below threshold)

You're being much too inclusive on Vietnam while being not at all inclusive on Iraq. How about references to "troops"? "armed forces"? "Fight a war on the cheap"? "Mission accomplished"? "Weapons of mass destruction"? Kerry discussed the one war in the context of his experience in the other; they had about equal weight.

And how can you count "soldiers" as Vietnam but not Iraq? And "veterans"? Who's fighting the war if not soldiers, and how are they coming back but as veterans? When he talks about veterans' health care, he's not just talking about the over-60 crowd. He's talking about what'll happen if my 23-year-old nephew comes back from Iraq with a leg blown off.




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