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Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - April 13, 1984

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.1
Gunning Fog:
9.3
Coleman Liau:
9.5
SMOG:
10.1
ARI:
6.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.9
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
198.0
Sprache:
212.0

Statistics

Characters:
4,269
Sentences:
61
Words:
994
Syllables:
16.30
Words Per Sentence:
1,400
Syllables Per Word:
1.39
Seconds:
489.96
Words Per Minute:
121.72

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor
Ronald Reagan
00:00:00.000 - 00:00:18.560
Well -- [Laughter] —let's get one thing over with right away. I know all of you are uptight—asking yourselves, "Is he going to say anything about Fritz Mondale?" Well, Fritz'll do all right. If he doesn't get the nomination, he can always do perfume commercials—"Promise them anything but give them Arpege." [Laughter] I hope you'll forgive me—look, if some of these aren't funny.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.4
Gunning Fog:
8.3
Coleman Liau:
11.5
SMOG:
9.0
ARI:
7.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.0
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
13.0
Sprache:
19.0

Statistics

Characters:
306
Sentences:
5
Words:
66
Syllables:
13.20
Words Per Sentence:
102
Syllables Per Word:
1.42
Seconds:
18.56
Words Per Minute:
213.36

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.07
VADER:
0.91
AFINN:
6.00

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
Arpege [Person]
Fritz Mondale [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:00:18.560 - 00:01:13.280
I asked Congress—they only gave me a third of all the ones I asked for. [Laughter] But I hope you'll forgive me if I say that I'm filled with mixed emotions. I didn't know there were so many of you that couldn't get tickets to the Gridiron. [Laughter] And I appreciate your inviting me, but I do get a little nervous at a ceremony where the new president is replacing the old one. [Laughter] Incidentally, I know that some of you-you talk a little bit, and you're critical about what you say is my "living in the past." But I think that's because a lot of you don't just realize how good the old days were.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
8.0
Gunning Fog:
10.3
Coleman Liau:
7.6
SMOG:
10.6
ARI:
7.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.9
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
22.0
Sprache:
25.0

Statistics

Characters:
473
Sentences:
6
Words:
119
Syllables:
19.83
Words Per Sentence:
160
Syllables Per Word:
1.34
Seconds:
54.72
Words Per Minute:
130.48

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.01
Harvard IV:
0.02
VADER:
0.91
AFINN:
7.00

Entities

a third [Cardinal Number]
Congress [Organization]
Gridiron [Organization]
you'll [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:13.280 - 00:01:57.880
You know, then you looked forward to seeing Lana Turner in a sweater, not Dan Rather. [Laughter] But you all have given me some problems at home. Nancy's taken to watching the press conferences, and now every time I answer a question, she says, "I have a followup." [Laughter] And I hear that Lesley Stahl has been asking if anything can be done to improve my answers.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.9
Gunning Fog:
9.8
Coleman Liau:
9.3
SMOG:
9.7
ARI:
7.3

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.7
Sprache:
4.6

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
17.0
Sprache:
23.0

Statistics

Characters:
294
Sentences:
4
Words:
69
Syllables:
17.25
Words Per Sentence:
103
Syllables Per Word:
1.42
Seconds:
44.60
Words Per Minute:
92.83

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.03
Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
0.08

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

Nancy's [Organization]
Dan Rather [Person]
Lana Turner [Person]
Lesley Stahl [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:57.880 - 00:02:56.560
Yes, ask better questions. [Laughter] But do you know what it's like to have Chris Wallace and Bill Plante screaming questions in your ear when you're only about 10 feet from the helicopter with the motor roaring, and you realize they're asking, "What's wrong with your hearing, Mr. President?" [Laughter] The other day the Washington Post ran a story heralding the return of spring, and I thought it was just another one of the reports on the political campaign.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
9.2
Gunning Fog:
11.6
Coleman Liau:
11.2
SMOG:
11.3
ARI:
10.3

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.5
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
18.0
Sprache:
25.0

Statistics

Characters:
372
Sentences:
4
Words:
81
Syllables:
20.25
Words Per Sentence:
118
Syllables Per Word:
1.43
Seconds:
58.68
Words Per Minute:
82.82

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.02
VADER:
-0.36
AFINN:
1.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor

Entities

the Washington Post [Organization]
Bill Plante [Person]
Chris Wallace [Person]
only about 10 feet [Quantity]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:56.560 - 00:04:06.240
The headlines said, "The Sap Is Running Again." [Laughter] You know, I think it's interesting—your new president's been out covering Gary Hart, and I understand that he's come up with yet another new idea about the future: Avoid Roger Mudd. [Laughter] Every time he thinks about that interview, Ted Kennedy's entire life flashes before his eyes. [Laughter] He got so rattled with some of Roger's questions that he gave his right age. [Laughter] And of course, about that name thing—the other day he said that the name, as far as he knows, goes as far back as the Revolutionary War.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
9.7
Gunning Fog:
11.3
Coleman Liau:
10.7
SMOG:
11.7
ARI:
10.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.4
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
24.0
Sprache:
26.0

Statistics

Characters:
460
Sentences:
5
Words:
102
Syllables:
20.40
Words Per Sentence:
158
Syllables Per Word:
1.47
Seconds:
69.68
Words Per Minute:
87.83

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.01
Harvard IV:
0.01
VADER:
-0.73
AFINN:
-1.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

the Revolutionary War [Event]
Gary Hart [Person]
Roger Mudd [Person]
Ted Kennedy's [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:06.240 - 00:04:32.080
Well, I wouldn't know about that far back, but I do feel that I remember running across somebody by the name of Hartpence at San Juan Hill. [Laughter] You guys and gals are ,always trying to pin me down as to which candidate worries me the most—Mondale, Hart, or Jackson. None of those. The guy that scares me is Governor Dick Lamm. [Laughter] But I've been enjoying this, and yet sometimes I find myself thinking about what it would be like to have a steady job with real job security, like managing the New York Yankees for George Steinbrenner. [Laughter] You've got to be a baseball fan to get that one. [Laughter] They're in and out in 3 weeks.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.1
Gunning Fog:
9.8
Coleman Liau:
9.0
SMOG:
10.7
ARI:
6.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.6
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
28.0
Sprache:
33.0

Statistics

Characters:
502
Sentences:
7
Words:
119
Syllables:
17
Words Per Sentence:
171
Syllables Per Word:
1.36
Seconds:
25.84
Words Per Minute:
276.32

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.02
VADER:
0.75
AFINN:
2.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

They're [Country, City, State]
3 weeks [Date]
San Juan Hill [Location]
the New York Yankees [Organization]
Dick Lamm [Person]
George Steinbrenner [Person]
Hart [Person]
Hartpence [Person]
Jackson [Person]
Mondale [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:32.080 - 00:05:25.120
If I could just switch for a minute, I'd like to say how great it was to see and hear the great talent of Rich Little. I was a little disappointed tonight, because you should really see him when he impersonates Gary Hart imitating Jack Kennedy. [Laughter] I'd like to have him come up with an imitation of a balanced budget. [Laughter] But, you know, I just don't understand those guys that are bellyaching about the economy and trying to make out that everything is so bad.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
10.0
Gunning Fog:
12.8
Coleman Liau:
9.4
SMOG:
12.0
ARI:
9.6

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.2
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
17.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
373
Sentences:
4
Words:
87
Syllables:
21.75
Words Per Sentence:
130
Syllables Per Word:
1.45
Seconds:
53.04
Words Per Minute:
98.42

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.05
VADER:
0.17
AFINN:
10.00

Entities

Rich Little [Organization]
Gary Hart [Person]
Jack Kennedy [Person]
a minute [Time]
tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:25.120 - 00:06:33.640
Inflation is down. Taxes are down. Unemployment is down. Productivity is up. So, what's the beef?. [Laughter] And what's all that talk about a breakdown of White House communications? How come nobody told me? [Laughter] Well, I know this: I've laid down the law, though, to everyone there from now on about anything that happens, that no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting. [Laughter] Another thing that needs taking care of are the leaks.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.9
Gunning Fog:
6.6
Coleman Liau:
10.0
SMOG:
9.0
ARI:
4.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.3
Sprache:
3.3

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
10.0
Sprache:
18.0

Statistics

Characters:
373
Sentences:
9
Words:
85
Syllables:
9.44
Words Per Sentence:
127
Syllables Per Word:
1.42
Seconds:
68.52
Words Per Minute:
74.43

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.01
VADER:
0.43

Entities

Cabinet [Organization]
White House [Organization]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:33.640 - 00:06:55.360
And we're really going to get ahold of those. Already I have ordered that we get rid of all those White House memo pads that have a notation on the bottom of each page that says, "Courtesy copy: Lou Cannon, Steve Weisman." [Laughter] And by the way, why are you all so willing to carry the bad news about the administration?

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
8.7
Gunning Fog:
10.9
Coleman Liau:
8.5
SMOG:
10.6
ARI:
8.5

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.0
Sprache:
4.9

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
12.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
260
Sentences:
3
Words:
63
Syllables:
21
Words Per Sentence:
94
Syllables Per Word:
1.37
Seconds:
21.72
Words Per Minute:
174.03

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
-0.03
VADER:
-0.25
AFINN:
-1.00

Entities

White House [Organization]
Lou Cannon [Person]
Steve Weisman [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:55.360 - 00:07:23.560
Now, you all did stories about the Vice President taking a dive at the bowling alley, but no one mentioned that he knocked down nine pins. [Laughter] And if he had slid just a little further, he'd have caught the 10th one with his head. [Laughter] "Bowling for Dollars" wants him to do a guestspot. [Laughter] There's just one last thing, and that's those stories—and then I'm through—about Tip O'Neill and me and as if we're having some kind of a fight or feuding.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.8
Gunning Fog:
9.4
Coleman Liau:
9.4
SMOG:
8.2
ARI:
9.4

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.2
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
19.0
Sprache:
23.0

Statistics

Characters:
364
Sentences:
4
Words:
85
Syllables:
21.25
Words Per Sentence:
119
Syllables Per Word:
1.28
Seconds:
28.20
Words Per Minute:
180.85

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
-0.02
VADER:
-0.86
AFINN:
-2.00

Entities

nine [Cardinal Number]
10th [Ordinal Number]
Ronald Reagan
00:07:23.560 - 00:07:47.360
That's nonsense. Tip is really crazy about me. Just this morning he sent me a whole case of Girl Scout cookies. [Laughter] And he put in the cutest note. He said, "They taste better if you eat them with your eyes shut." [Laughter] Well, thank you, thank you all for inviting us to be here tonight. You know, the American people need you, and they need the truth.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.3
Gunning Fog:
5.7
Coleman Liau:
8.1
SMOG:
7.6
ARI:
2.7

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.8
Sprache:
2.9

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
10.0
Sprache:
13.0

Statistics

Characters:
284
Sentences:
7
Words:
70
Syllables:
10
Words Per Sentence:
92
Syllables Per Word:
1.27
Seconds:
23.80
Words Per Minute:
176.47

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.05
VADER:
0.90
AFINN:
3.00

Entities

American [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Girl Scout [Organization]
Just this morning [Time]
tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:07:47.360 - 00:08:09.960
And your challenge is to report the truth about America and about those societies where the truth is despised. And if the truth is served, then America is served, and we'll all remain free. And, again, it's been a wonderful evening, and thank you, and God bless you.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.4
Gunning Fog:
9.7
Coleman Liau:
9.7
SMOG:
11.3
ARI:
7.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.4
Sprache:
3.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
8.0
Sprache:
14.0

Statistics

Characters:
208
Sentences:
3
Words:
48
Syllables:
16
Words Per Sentence:
70
Syllables Per Word:
1.42
Seconds:
22.60
Words Per Minute:
127.43

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.02
VADER:
0.95
AFINN:
9.00

Entities

America [Country, City, State]