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Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - April 22, 1987

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.3
Gunning Fog:
8.9
Coleman Liau:
9.2
SMOG:
9.9
ARI:
5.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.8
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
213.0
Sprache:
221.0

Statistics

Characters:
4,523
Sentences:
73
Words:
1,066
Syllables:
14.60
Words Per Sentence:
1,484
Syllables Per Word:
1.38
Seconds:
480.32
Words Per Minute:
133.16

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor
Ronald Reagan
00:00:00.000 - 00:00:46.400
Thank you very much, Norm Sandler. And since I've been in this office for a while longer, and you're just starting, do you mind if I make a suggestion? Might make things easier for you. On August 8th write down what you did. [Laughter] Then, of course, Bill Plante—outgoing. Here we are, Bill, both outgoing presidents. [Laughter] Since you're doing it a little ahead of me, I hope you won't mind if I come around later to find out what it's like in the outside world. [Laughter] I know we share some experiences by way of our office.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.2
Gunning Fog:
6.1
Coleman Liau:
8.7
SMOG:
7.3
ARI:
4.3

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.7
Sprache:
4.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
18.0
Sprache:
23.0

Statistics

Characters:
408
Sentences:
8
Words:
98
Syllables:
12.25
Words Per Sentence:
131
Syllables Per Word:
1.28
Seconds:
46.40
Words Per Minute:
126.72

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
0.01
Harvard IV:
0.10
VADER:
0.92
AFINN:
10.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor
1:
Arts & Entertainment/Movies

Entities

August 8th [Date]
Bill [Person]
Bill Plante [Person]
Norm Sandler [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:00:46.400 - 00:01:30.520
I understand that a gentleman from Maryland some time ago wrote you recently registering a complaint and suggesting that there should be a button on TV sets that we could press and make your camera bounce billiard balls off your head. [Laughter] I don't want you to take offense—I wouldn't push that button for anything in the world, Bill -- [Laughter] —but I was so fascinated by his high-technology abilities that I'm putting him on the Federal Communications Commission. [Laughter] And you know, of course, that we're just back from California.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
12.0
Gunning Fog:
17.4
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
12.0
ARI:
12.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.1
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
21.0
Sprache:
29.0

Statistics

Characters:
436
Sentences:
3
Words:
91
Syllables:
30.33
Words Per Sentence:
145
Syllables Per Word:
1.57
Seconds:
44.12
Words Per Minute:
123.75

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.04
VADER:
0.62
AFINN:
2.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

California [Country, City, State]
Maryland [Country, City, State]
the Federal Communications Commission [Organization]
Bill [Person]
some time ago [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:30.520 - 00:02:00.160
We introduced Howard Baker to ranch life. We put him in the saddle, and he really took to it. He told me he'd never been so excited by anything, that just sitting in that saddle made his heart race. Next time we're going to put the saddle on a horse. [Laughter] But a lot happened while we were gone. Texaco declared bankruptcy, Senator Simon declared for the Presidency, Gary Hart did both. [Laughter] Then we had that little thing with the Japanese.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
5.5
Gunning Fog:
7.6
Coleman Liau:
9.5
SMOG:
9.7
ARI:
4.7

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.5
Sprache:
4.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
24.0

Statistics

Characters:
353
Sentences:
7
Words:
82
Syllables:
11.71
Words Per Sentence:
125
Syllables Per Word:
1.40
Seconds:
29.64
Words Per Minute:
165.99

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.01
VADER:
0.57

Entities

Japanese [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Texaco [Organization]
Gary Hart [Person]
Howard Baker [Person]
Simon [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:00.160 - 00:02:54.480
Jim Wright and I agreed that there are three things we must do to balance the trade deficit. We can't remember what they are. [Laughter] Also, last week Amy Carter was in the news. [Laughter] I'd always thought that if she rebelled it'd mean she'd become a Young Republican. [Laughter] And we've still got that spying problem at our Embassy in Moscow.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
5.2
Gunning Fog:
6.3
Coleman Liau:
10.1
SMOG:
8.4
ARI:
5.5

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.2
Sprache:
3.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
18.0
Sprache:
19.0

Statistics

Characters:
273
Sentences:
5
Words:
62
Syllables:
12.40
Words Per Sentence:
88
Syllables Per Word:
1.35
Seconds:
54.32
Words Per Minute:
68.48

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.03
Harvard IV:
-0.03
VADER:
-0.65
AFINN:
-3.00

Entities

three [Cardinal Number]
Moscow [Country, City, State]
last week [Date]
Republican [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Amy Carter [Person]
I'd [Person]
Jim Wright [Person]
she'd [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:54.480 - 00:03:21.440
You have to use a child's magic slate to communicate. I don't know why everyone thinks that's such a big deal. The Democrats have been doing the budget on one of those for years. [Laughter] But the Soviets have really gone too far. It's no secret that I wear a hearing aid. Well, just the other day, all of the sudden, it went haywire.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.7
Gunning Fog:
6.1
Coleman Liau:
7.8
SMOG:
7.9
ARI:
2.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.5
Sprache:
3.1

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
8.0
Sprache:
14.0

Statistics

Characters:
257
Sentences:
6
Words:
64
Syllables:
10.67
Words Per Sentence:
88
Syllables Per Word:
1.28
Seconds:
26.96
Words Per Minute:
142.43

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
-0.04

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
years [Date]
Democrats [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Soviets [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:21.440 - 00:03:57.280
We discovered the KGB had put a listening device in my listening device. [Laughter] And I know a lot of you have been having some fun with my advancing years. You even tied my recent surgery to my age. Well, I got to be honest with you, I had that same operation when I was young, and it felt so good I wanted to have it done again before I was too old. [Laughter] But I am aware of my age.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.2
Gunning Fog:
9.4
Coleman Liau:
5.9
SMOG:
9.5
ARI:
4.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.7
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
15.0

Statistics

Characters:
298
Sentences:
5
Words:
81
Syllables:
16.20
Words Per Sentence:
106
Syllables Per Word:
1.31
Seconds:
35.84
Words Per Minute:
135.60

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
0.01
Harvard IV:
0.07
VADER:
0.74
AFINN:
9.00

Entities

years [Date]
KGB [Organization]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:57.280 - 00:04:28.720
When I go in for a physical now they no longer ask me how old I am, they just carbon date me. [Laughter] Incidentally, I've got a news item for you: We have a spinoff from our star wars research. It's a helmet for me to wear at press conferences. [Laughter] All I do is push a button, and it shoots down incoming questions. [Laughter] You have to admit, though, that my attitude is better than linebacker George Atkinson's when he was with the Oakland Raiders.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.9
Gunning Fog:
9.7
Coleman Liau:
8.5
SMOG:
10.9
ARI:
6.6

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.7
Sprache:
4.6

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
21.0
Sprache:
23.0

Statistics

Characters:
355
Sentences:
5
Words:
86
Syllables:
17.20
Words Per Sentence:
120
Syllables Per Word:
1.42
Seconds:
31.44
Words Per Minute:
164.12

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.01
Harvard IV:
-0.03
VADER:
-0.27

Entities

the Oakland Raiders [Organization]
George Atkinson's [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:28.720 - 00:04:54.480
Someone asked him what the players' reaction would be if the press box blew up. He said, "We'd have 30 seconds of respectful silence and then continue with enthusiasm." [Laughter] Now, honest, I don't feel that way—maybe once in a while. [Laughter] I'm sure we get exasperated now and then with each other, but that's just the friction of freedom.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.6
Gunning Fog:
8.8
Coleman Liau:
10.2
SMOG:
9.7
ARI:
7.1

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.3
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
17.0

Statistics

Characters:
274
Sentences:
4
Words:
62
Syllables:
15.50
Words Per Sentence:
88
Syllables Per Word:
1.37
Seconds:
25.76
Words Per Minute:
144.41

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
0.89
AFINN:
2.00

Entities

We'd have 30 seconds [Title]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:54.480 - 00:05:17.280
You know, when I first got to Washington, I tried to establish a relationship with Tip O'Neill. And we were doing pretty well, and then one day I picked up the paper and read something that really prompted me to call him. And I said, "Tip, I thought we had a good relationship going, and then I read this news story." And Tip said, "Well, old buddy, that's just politics.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.0
Gunning Fog:
10.6
Coleman Liau:
8.1
SMOG:
10.8
ARI:
6.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.7
Sprache:
4.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
13.0
Sprache:
14.0

Statistics

Characters:
296
Sentences:
4
Words:
73
Syllables:
18.25
Words Per Sentence:
97
Syllables Per Word:
1.32
Seconds:
22.80
Words Per Minute:
192.11

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.05
VADER:
0.85
AFINN:
4.00

Entities

Washington [Country, City, State]
one day [Date]
first [Ordinal Number]
Tip [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:17.280 - 00:05:38.080
After 6 o'clock, we're friends." I started wearing a watch that was permanently set at 6 p.m. [Laughter] I'll start wearing that watch again if you'll do the same. You know, in spite of our disagreements, I have a positive opinion of reporters. And I think it all goes back to one of my favorite reporters, Ernie Pyle.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.4
Gunning Fog:
8.7
Coleman Liau:
8.3
SMOG:
9.4
ARI:
2.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.4
Sprache:
3.3

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
18.0

Statistics

Characters:
246
Sentences:
6
Words:
60
Syllables:
10
Words Per Sentence:
83
Syllables Per Word:
1.37
Seconds:
20.80
Words Per Minute:
173.08

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
0.02
Harvard IV:
-0.03
VADER:
0.54
AFINN:
4.00

Entities

6 [Cardinal Number]
one [Cardinal Number]
Ernie Pyle [Person]
6 p.m. I'll [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:38.080 - 00:06:14.600
During World War II his columns about "your boys," as he called them, were devoured in the home front. His books were bestsellers. His understanding of ordinary soldiers was clear and heartfelt. He himself was a victim of the war, killed by enemy machine-gun fire. He once wrote: "There is a good deal of gaiety in wartime, humor and exuberance still exist." Our soldiers are still as roughly good-humored as they always were, and they laugh easily, although there isn't as much to laugh about as there used to be.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.2
Gunning Fog:
10.2
Coleman Liau:
10.0
SMOG:
10.3
ARI:
7.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.2
Sprache:
4.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
21.0
Sprache:
26.0

Statistics

Characters:
421
Sentences:
6
Words:
96
Syllables:
16
Words Per Sentence:
144
Syllables Per Word:
1.41
Seconds:
36.52
Words Per Minute:
157.72

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.01
Harvard IV:
0.04
VADER:
-0.15
AFINN:
-1.00

Entities

World War II [Event]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:14.600 - 00:06:48.200
Well, if we keep the need for humor to be important parts of our jobs as correspondents and politicians, maybe we can get through the daily battles without losing our spirit or temper or perspective. I think this would be good for both the press and the Presidency. Nancy, would you like to join me up here for—please?

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
8.2
Gunning Fog:
10.5
Coleman Liau:
10.0
SMOG:
10.6
ARI:
8.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.1
Sprache:
4.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
9.0
Sprache:
13.0

Statistics

Characters:
254
Sentences:
3
Words:
58
Syllables:
19.33
Words Per Sentence:
82
Syllables Per Word:
1.38
Seconds:
33.60
Words Per Minute:
103.57

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
0.78
AFINN:
8.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

daily [Date]
Nancy [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:48.200 - 00:07:22.480
I know it's getting late, dear, but it's not often that we have so many people who have written about us and- [Laughter] —broadcast about us all together in one room like this, and I thought you might like to say a few nice words to them. [Laughter] They're all from the press and radio and television. Maybe just a friendly little greeting would do. [Laughter] How about just a word or two—something friendly—even one kind word.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
8.2
Gunning Fog:
10.3
Coleman Liau:
9.7
SMOG:
9.7
ARI:
8.6

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
2.6
Sprache:
3.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
10.0
Sprache:
11.0

Statistics

Characters:
333
Sentences:
4
Words:
77
Syllables:
19.25
Words Per Sentence:
115
Syllables Per Word:
1.38
Seconds:
34.28
Words Per Minute:
134.77

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.08
VADER:
0.97
AFINN:
16.00

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
two [Cardinal Number]
They're [Country, City, State]
Nancy Reagan
00:07:22.480 - 00:07:26.400
I'm thinking. I'm thinking. [Laughter]

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
3.9
Gunning Fog:
0.7
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
3.3
ARI:
5.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
10.0
Sprache:
1.1

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
5.0
Sprache:
3.0

Statistics

Characters:
28
Sentences:
3
Words:
5
Syllables:
1.67
Words Per Sentence:
8
Syllables Per Word:
1.60
Seconds:
3.92
Words Per Minute:
76.53

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.08
VADER:
0.97
AFINN:
16.00
Ronald Reagan
00:07:26.400 - 00:07:43.320
Seriously, my friends, as always, we've had our share of laughs tonight at one another's expense, which is as it should be in a city where the issues are important and the passions run so deep. Maybe the fun and good nature of evenings like this is a good place to start.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
10.7
Gunning Fog:
14.2
Coleman Liau:
8.2
SMOG:
12.0
ARI:
10.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.1
Sprache:
4.6

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
6.0
Sprache:
10.0

Statistics

Characters:
212
Sentences:
2
Words:
52
Syllables:
26
Words Per Sentence:
73
Syllables Per Word:
1.37
Seconds:
16.92
Words Per Minute:
184.40

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.17
VADER:
0.36
AFINN:
2.00

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
another's [Organization]
tonight [Time]
Nancy Reagan
00:07:43.320 - 00:07:48.160
So, thank you for your hospitality, and thank you for inviting us. Thank you.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.0
Gunning Fog:
8.5
Coleman Liau:
9.4
SMOG:
9.0
ARI:
2.3

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.7
Sprache:
1.7

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
3.0
Sprache:
2.0

Statistics

Characters:
60
Sentences:
2
Words:
14
Syllables:
7
Words Per Sentence:
20
Syllables Per Word:
1.43
Seconds:
4.84
Words Per Minute:
173.55
Ronald Reagan
00:07:48.160 - 00:08:00.320
Thank you all very much.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
0.5
Gunning Fog:
2.0
Coleman Liau:
6.5
SMOG:
3.3
ARI:
0.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
0.2
Sprache:
1.3

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
0.0
Sprache:
0.0

Statistics

Characters:
19
Sentences:
1
Words:
5
Syllables:
5
Words Per Sentence:
7
Syllables Per Word:
1.20
Seconds:
12.16
Words Per Minute:
24.67