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Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - April 24, 1982

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.1
Gunning Fog:
6.9
Coleman Liau:
8.6
SMOG:
8.5
ARI:
3.3

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.2
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
151.0
Sprache:
181.0

Statistics

Characters:
3,659
Sentences:
86
Words:
881
Syllables:
10.24
Words Per Sentence:
1,203
Syllables Per Word:
1.33
Seconds:
400.25
Words Per Minute:
132.07
Note
00:00:00.000 - 00:00:07.940
[The following is a FirstDraft -- a machine-generated transcript by our AI, Margaret. She's good, but neither perfect nor human. There will likely be a handful of errors. Please check any quotes against the primary video source. Thank you.]

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
5.0
Gunning Fog:
6.7
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
8.5
ARI:
4.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.5
Sprache:
3.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
13.0
Sprache:
19.0

Statistics

Characters:
189
Sentences:
6
Words:
40
Syllables:
6.67
Words Per Sentence:
65
Syllables Per Word:
1.53
Seconds:
7.94
Words Per Minute:
302.27

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.25
VADER:
0.65
AFINN:
4.00
Ronald Reagan
00:00:07.940 - 00:00:11.090
Thank you very much. Thank you.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
0.0
Gunning Fog:
1.2
Coleman Liau:
7.7
SMOG:
3.3
ARI:
0.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
0.1
Sprache:
1.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
0.0
Sprache:
0.0

Statistics

Characters:
24
Sentences:
2
Words:
6
Syllables:
3
Words Per Sentence:
7
Syllables Per Word:
1.17
Seconds:
3.15
Words Per Minute:
114.29

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
0.03
Harvard IV:
0.06
VADER:
0.90
AFINN:
6.00
Ronald Reagan
00:00:17.240 - 00:00:48.170
Thank you very much. Having been told that this is a photo opportunity. I don't have anything to say. Well, first president's incoming and outgoing and one that stuck here. You. You know, speaking of photo opportunities. Up at the ranch. We had one one day and Helen Thomas started to ask a question and I said, Helen, I can't answer it's photo opportunity. She said, I wasn't talking to you.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.4
Gunning Fog:
6.0
Coleman Liau:
9.2
SMOG:
7.5
ARI:
2.5

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.7
Sprache:
2.9

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
16.0

Statistics

Characters:
302
Sentences:
9
Words:
71
Syllables:
7.89
Words Per Sentence:
100
Syllables Per Word:
1.44
Seconds:
30.93
Words Per Minute:
137.73

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
0.01
Harvard IV:
0.09
VADER:
0.86
AFINN:
6.00

Entities

one day [Date]
first [Ordinal Number]
Evan Thomas [Person]
Helen [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:00:48.170 - 00:01:23.570
I was asking your horse. But you don't know how happy we are to see all of you here tonight. Because while you're here, you can't be listening to any of those unnamed, authoritative sources in the White House. But since this administration is determined to be open and aboveboard, I want you to know that we are installing a tape system in the Oval Office. Adhesive tape right across the mouth.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.7
Gunning Fog:
9.6
Coleman Liau:
9.7
SMOG:
10.0
ARI:
6.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.6
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
13.0
Sprache:
17.0

Statistics

Characters:
312
Sentences:
5
Words:
72
Syllables:
14.40
Words Per Sentence:
113
Syllables Per Word:
1.42
Seconds:
35.40
Words Per Minute:
122.03

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.03
Harvard IV:
0.02
VADER:
-0.25
AFINN:
-2.00

Topics

0:
Hobbies & Leisure
1:
Pets & Animals/Pets/Horses

Entities

the Oval Office [Infrastructure]
the White House [Infrastructure]
tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:29.410 - 00:02:02.580
I thought of that one day when Sam Donaldson was asking me a question. I mean, you know, speaking of questions, on the way in here tonight, someone handed me one. What is the White House doing to lessen the threat of being caught in a nuclear holocaust? Well, I can assure you we've thought of that. We're putting in smoke alarms. And these. These 15 months have been something of a learning experience.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.0
Gunning Fog:
6.9
Coleman Liau:
9.2
SMOG:
8.6
ARI:
3.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.3
Sprache:
3.6

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
13.0
Sprache:
20.0

Statistics

Characters:
314
Sentences:
7
Words:
74
Syllables:
10.57
Words Per Sentence:
105
Syllables Per Word:
1.31
Seconds:
33.17
Words Per Minute:
133.86

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.07
VADER:
0.55
AFINN:
-2.00

Topics

0:
People & Society/Social Issues & Advocacy

Entities

one day [Date]
These 15 months [Date]
the White House [Organization]
Sam Donaldson [Person]
tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:05.230 - 00:02:51.610
We're not on camera, are we? No. All right. I learned that if at first you don't succeed, you get a hell of a lot of advice. And also, I learned that if you're arguing with someone stupid, just make sure he isn't doing the same thing. But I've also learned how important poise is in Washington. Poise that's looking like an owl when you behave like a jackass. You have also learned that influence is what you think you have until you try to use it.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.3
Gunning Fog:
6.2
Coleman Liau:
7.5
SMOG:
7.8
ARI:
2.6

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.9
Sprache:
3.5

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
13.0
Sprache:
19.0

Statistics

Characters:
344
Sentences:
8
Words:
87
Syllables:
10.88
Words Per Sentence:
115
Syllables Per Word:
1.24
Seconds:
46.38
Words Per Minute:
112.55

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.04
VADER:
0.79
AFINN:
5.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

Washington [Country, City, State]
first [Ordinal Number]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:53.920 - 00:03:37.960
Incidentally, did you see our old friend Lynn Nofziger on 60 Minutes the other night? You know, they said that he was now an influence peddler. That's ridiculous. Lynn just dresses like a peddler. But I know that we see so little of each other that you're probably curious about what's going on. Well. Jim, what has just declared that the Grand Canyon is not a natural wonder. It's something we inherited from the Democrats, a result of one of their land erosion programs.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
5.8
Gunning Fog:
9.0
Coleman Liau:
10.2
SMOG:
10.5
ARI:
4.6

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.9
Sprache:
3.6

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
18.0
Sprache:
20.0

Statistics

Characters:
371
Sentences:
8
Words:
84
Syllables:
10.50
Words Per Sentence:
122
Syllables Per Word:
1.46
Seconds:
44.04
Words Per Minute:
114.44

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
-0.02
VADER:
0.39
AFINN:
2.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Music & Audio

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
the Grand Canyon [Location]
Democrats [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Jim [Person]
Lynn [Person]
Lynn Nofziger [Person]
60 Minutes [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:40.560 - 00:04:03.510
Now. Hey. I'm delighted to see him here tonight because he's really been working hard. It's an 18 hour flight from London to Buenos Aires and 18 hours back. And then it's quite a flight across the Atlantic here. And he's been going back and forth on that route for quite some time. And finally, he got back here at Andrews Air Force Base just the other night, and the jetlag and all of that had gotten to him.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.2
Gunning Fog:
6.0
Coleman Liau:
7.5
SMOG:
8.1
ARI:
2.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.0
Sprache:
3.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
12.0
Sprache:
20.0

Statistics

Characters:
313
Sentences:
7
Words:
79
Syllables:
11.29
Words Per Sentence:
103
Syllables Per Word:
1.22
Seconds:
22.95
Words Per Minute:
206.54

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
-0.02
VADER:
0.94
AFINN:
5.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

Aires [Country, City, State]
Buenos [Country, City, State]
London [Country, City, State]
Andrews Air Force Base [Infrastructure]
Atlantic [Location]
18 hour [Time]
18 hours [Time]
the other night [Time]
tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:04.020 - 00:04:43.260
He got off the plane, shook hands with his wife and kissed Bill Clark. And then, of course, one of the things that the White House says, the dramatic drop in inflation. I cannot tell a lie. We did it with our little meat cleaver. But if you don't laugh better than that, I'll break a dish. You know, though, how impressive that is and what it really means that dropping inflation, the food on your plate tonight only cost 89 and three quarters cents.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.1
Gunning Fog:
8.0
Coleman Liau:
8.3
SMOG:
8.5
ARI:
4.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.4
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
9.0
Sprache:
18.0

Statistics

Characters:
348
Sentences:
6
Words:
85
Syllables:
14.17
Words Per Sentence:
109
Syllables Per Word:
1.20
Seconds:
39.24
Words Per Minute:
129.97

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.01
Harvard IV:
-0.01
VADER:
0.81
AFINN:
7.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
89 [Date]
three quarters cents [Money]
the White House [Organization]
Bill Clark [Person]
I'll [Product]
tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:48.180 - 00:05:22.710
That's not true. I just said that to see how many of you rushed to the kitchen to check me out on the figure. My daughter is running for office in California. Some of the people have said that her name will be a handicap. And I don't see why. I think Maureen is a pretty name, so almost as Irish as Tip O'Neill. And I hope that Leonid Brezhnev can come to New York in June. I want him to see our free press in action.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.6
Gunning Fog:
4.8
Coleman Liau:
5.8
SMOG:
6.8
ARI:
1.3

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.7
Sprache:
3.4

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
12.0
Sprache:
17.0

Statistics

Characters:
319
Sentences:
8
Words:
87
Syllables:
10.88
Words Per Sentence:
110
Syllables Per Word:
1.26
Seconds:
34.53
Words Per Minute:
151.17

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.07
Harvard IV:
-0.06
VADER:
-0.36
AFINN:
-5.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

California [Country, City, State]
New York [Country, City, State]
June [Date]
Irish [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Leonid Brezhnev [Person]
Maureen [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:23.790 - 00:05:53.880
I want him to see the contrast between a free press and the controlled press. That's the only thing he knows. They can't be critics critical. They can't criticize him. They can't take pot shots right inside, insulting stories about him when he takes a day off to go swimming. You know, on the other hand, there's something to be said for a controlled press. No, I don't mean that.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.3
Gunning Fog:
6.3
Coleman Liau:
8.9
SMOG:
7.6
ARI:
3.4

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.0
Sprache:
2.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
11.0
Sprache:
10.0

Statistics

Characters:
294
Sentences:
7
Words:
70
Syllables:
10
Words Per Sentence:
93
Syllables Per Word:
1.27
Seconds:
30.09
Words Per Minute:
139.58

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.08
Harvard IV:
0.01
VADER:
0.92
AFINN:
-2.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment
Ronald Reagan
00:05:54.530 - 00:06:25.860
You keep on seeking the truth, and I'll keep on telling it, even though you don't often recognize it when you hear it. But seriously, a free press. Whatever its occasional abuses or excesses, is essential in the pursuit of truth and the preservation of freedom. And the White House press corps is part of the family. Like family members. You're aggravating at times, but you're never unloved.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.5
Gunning Fog:
10.4
Coleman Liau:
11.0
SMOG:
10.6
ARI:
5.7

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.5
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
17.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
310
Sentences:
6
Words:
68
Syllables:
11.33
Words Per Sentence:
107
Syllables Per Word:
1.50
Seconds:
31.33
Words Per Minute:
130.23

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
0.95
AFINN:
7.00

Entities

White House [Organization]
I'll [Product]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:26.950 - 00:07:08.050
And. Would you join me in a toast to that family that I just mentioned and to the people of this blessed new. Land of ours. But we're also privileged to serve. Thank you very much for letting us attend. We were ready to call on a telephone if you wouldn't let us in. But thank you. Who?

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
1.9
Gunning Fog:
5.0
Coleman Liau:
6.4
SMOG:
6.8
ARI:
0.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
1.7
Sprache:
2.3

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
5.0
Sprache:
9.0

Statistics

Characters:
219
Sentences:
8
Words:
58
Syllables:
7.25
Words Per Sentence:
77
Syllables Per Word:
1.24
Seconds:
41.10
Words Per Minute:
84.67

Entities

we're [Organization]