Gerald Ford: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - May 3, 1975

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.8
  • Gunning Fog
    10.1
  • Coleman Liau
    10.0
  • SMOG
    11.0
  • ARI
    7.5

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.4
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.4
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    5,438
  • Sentences
    75
  • Words
    1,239
  • Syllables
    1,820
  • Words Per Sentence
    1,239
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.43
Gerald Ford
Thank you very much, Helen -- Madam President. Members and guests of the White House Correspondents Association: Let me say to Danny, I am deeply grateful for a fine evening, and to Marlo as well. We will have to work a little on her, I think, Danny. [Laughter] But let me say I do appreciate the rather gentle and kind introduction, because Helen, as all of you know, has a well-earned reputation for speaking her own mind.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.9
  • Gunning Fog
    9.8
  • Coleman Liau
    9.4
  • SMOG
    10.3
  • ARI
    8.4

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.2
  • Sprache
    4.6

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.2
  • Sprache
    4.6

    Statistics

  • Characters
    330
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    77
  • Syllables
    114
  • Words Per Sentence
    77
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.44

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.95
  • AFINN
    11.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.08

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • the White House Correspondents Association
    [Organization]
  • Danny
    [Person]
  • Helen
    [Person]
  • Marlo
    [Person]
  • a fine evening
    [Time]
Gerald Ford
I can remember several years ago, when I was still a Congressman, Helen and I were walking down Pennsylvania Avenue when we passed one of those scales that gives you your weight as well as your fortune -- and all for a penny. Helen said, "Well, why don't you try it. I might get a scoop." So, I got on the scale, put in a penny, a card came out that said, "You are handsome, debonair, sophisticated, a born leader of men, a silver-tongued orator, and some day you will make your own mark in history." Helen leaned over, looked at the card and said, "It has your weight wrong, too." [Laughter] Really, it's a great pleasure to be here, and without further delay let me congratulate the distinguished members of the White House Correspondents Association on your valiant, courageous, and successful struggle to achieve one of the greatest and most consequential journalistic triumphs of all time.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    12.0
  • Gunning Fog
    14.1
  • Coleman Liau
    10.3
  • SMOG
    12.0
  • ARI
    12.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.0
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.0
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    723
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    163
  • Syllables
    244
  • Words Per Sentence
    163
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.44

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.99
  • AFINN
    25.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.04
  • Loughran-McDonald
    0.02

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • several years ago
    [Date]
  • some day
    [Date]
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
    [Infrastructure]
  • a penny
    [Money]
  • the White House Correspondents Association
    [Organization]
  • Helen
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
I am referring, of course, to your heroic efforts to keep the press plane from converting to no frills. [Laughter] I don't know how you spend your time on the press plane. All I know is that every time I call it I say, "This is the President calling," and a voice answers, "I'll drink to that, too." [Laughter] I knew something was going on when I saw Dick Growald write 10 pages of notes at my Tulane speech, and that isn't easy with a swizzlestick. [Laughter] Then Aldo Beckman came over and said hello and melted my cufflinks. [Laughter] Betty and I have looked forward to this evening; because the White House Correspondents dinner is always an adventure.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.0
  • Gunning Fog
    10.5
  • Coleman Liau
    9.4
  • SMOG
    9.9
  • ARI
    9.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.6
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.6
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    526
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    123
  • Syllables
    174
  • Words Per Sentence
    123
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.33

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.51
  • AFINN
    1.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.01

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • 10
    [Cardinal Number]
  • the White House Correspondents dinner
    [Organization]
  • Aldo Beckman
    [Person]
  • Betty
    [Person]
  • Dick Growald
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
First, there is the reception, followed by the dinner, followed by the private parties, followed by the private, private parties, followed by the nightcap after the private parties. Through the years, I've found that a White House Correspondents dinner is a little like one of Sarah McClendon's questions.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    12.0
  • Gunning Fog
    14.6
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    12.0
  • ARI
    12.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.8
  • Sprache
    4.3

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.8
  • Sprache
    4.3

    Statistics

  • Characters
    247
  • Sentences
    2
  • Words
    48
  • Syllables
    85
  • Words Per Sentence
    48
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.63

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.85
  • AFINN
    2.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.02

    Topics

  • Hobbies & Leisure

    Entities

  • the years
    [Date]
  • First
    [Ordinal Number]
  • Sarah McClendon's
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
You never really know when it's finished. [Laughter] I have been coming to these dinners for quite a few years now, and I am embarrassed to admit I don't really know a great deal about how the White House Correspondents Association operates. But since I am always interested in the electoral process, I asked Jim Deakin, "Just how do you go about choosing your president and vice president?" Jim said, "It's rather hard to explain in a few words, but the procedure does have the seal of approval." I said, "Of what?" He said, "Cook County." [Laughter] Incidentally, you may be interested to know that Ron Nessen's fame as a press secretary and his unparalleled skill at carrying out the duties of his office has spread far and wide.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.9
  • Gunning Fog
    11.0
  • Coleman Liau
    10.2
  • SMOG
    11.3
  • ARI
    9.2

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.2
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.2
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    605
  • Sentences
    7
  • Words
    137
  • Syllables
    203
  • Words Per Sentence
    137
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.43

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.95
  • AFINN
    6.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.07
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.01

    Entities

  • quite a few years
    [Date]
  • the White House Correspondents Association
    [Organization]
  • Jim
    [Person]
  • Jim Deakin
    [Person]
  • Ron
    [Person]
  • Cook County
    [Title]
Gerald Ford
Last week at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City, 50 graduate students were asked this question: "If you had the chance to study the art of the simple, direct communication with Ron Nessen, what would you ask for first?" Ninety-six percent answered, "Another chance." [Laughter] Another member of our staff has also achieved considerable recognition, David Hume Kennerly.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    11.9
  • Gunning Fog
    11.2
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    12.0
  • ARI
    12.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    6.6
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    6.6
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    324
  • Sentences
    3
  • Words
    66
  • Syllables
    110
  • Words Per Sentence
    66
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.61

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.46
  • AFINN
    6.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03

    Topics

  • Business & Industrial/Printing & Publishing
  • Jobs & Education/Education/Colleges & Universities

    Entities

  • 50
    [Cardinal Number]
  • New York City
    [Country, City, State]
  • Last week
    [Date]
  • first
    [Ordinal Number]
  • the Columbia School of Journalism
    [Organization]
  • Ninety-six percent
    [Percent]
  • David Hume Kennerly
    [Person]
  • Ron Nessen
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
The very first day Dave Kennerly came to the White House to be my personal photographer, he shook my hand and promised to do for me exactly what he had done for his last employer. I said, "Great." Then I remembered who he had worked for -- Life. [Laughter] As most of you know from the schedule, this has been a very long, busy, and exhausting day -- as well as week -- at the White House.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.0
  • Gunning Fog
    11.3
  • Coleman Liau
    7.6
  • SMOG
    11.3
  • ARI
    6.8

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Statistics

  • Characters
    302
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    76
  • Syllables
    106
  • Words Per Sentence
    76
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.29

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.84
  • AFINN
    4.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03
  • Loughran-McDonald
    0.01

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • first day
    [Date]
  • the White House
    [Infrastructure]
  • the White House
    [Organization]
  • Dave Kennerly
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
I spent the morning working on my new book, "A Week in the Life of John Hersey." [Laughter] Then, in the afternoon, I talked to Sonny Jurgensen. Now that he is no longer with the Washington Redskins, I suggested to Sonny that he run for Congress. I figure if there is one thing that Congress can use, it is a little help in passing. [Laughter] You know, we are also redecorating.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.4
  • Gunning Fog
    7.5
  • Coleman Liau
    8.4
  • SMOG
    9.0
  • ARI
    5.2

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.8
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.8
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Statistics

  • Characters
    300
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    73
  • Syllables
    101
  • Words Per Sentence
    73
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.38

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.05
  • AFINN
    1.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • Congress
    [Organization]
  • the Washington Redskins
    [Organization]
  • Sonny
    [Person]
  • Sonny Jurgensen
    [Person]
  • the morning
    [Time]
  • A Week in the Life of John Hersey
    [Title]
Gerald Ford
I am sure you have all noticed that the White House is getting a new coat of paint. The painter says it is leak-proof. I sure hope so. [Laughter] But I do have one favor to ask of all the White House correspondents sitting here tonight. Every few years we do have to paint the White House. It is done for reasons of maintenance, aesthetics, and appearance.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    4.1
  • Gunning Fog
    7.5
  • Coleman Liau
    8.3
  • SMOG
    8.5
  • ARI
    3.6

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    2.2
  • Sprache
    3.3

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    2.2
  • Sprache
    3.3

    Statistics

  • Characters
    279
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    68
  • Syllables
    101
  • Words Per Sentence
    68
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.29

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.78
  • AFINN
    3.00

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • Every few years
    [Date]
  • the White House
    [Infrastructure]
  • the White House
    [Organization]
  • White House
    [Organization]
  • tonight
    [Time]
Gerald Ford
So please, would you just refer to this as a paint job, not a coverup? [Laughter] Now, before I do close, I would like to make a few acknowledgements, if I may. I want to thank Martin Agronsky for giving Pete Lisagor the night off. Peter, as you know, is one of Washington's foremost television personalities.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.9
  • Gunning Fog
    8.5
  • Coleman Liau
    9.4
  • SMOG
    10.8
  • ARI
    5.8

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.4
  • Sprache
    3.5

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.4
  • Sprache
    3.5

    Statistics

  • Characters
    240
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    56
  • Syllables
    87
  • Words Per Sentence
    56
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.45

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.85
  • AFINN
    6.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.13
  • Loughran-McDonald
    0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • Washington's
    [Organization]
  • Martin Agronsky
    [Person]
  • Pete Lisagor
    [Person]
  • Peter
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
It's not unusual for him to be on five or six shows a week, in addition to lectures, talks, and personal appearances. And every time he appears he gets an enormous amount of fan mail. Pete was telling me that just this morning he got a postcard saying, "Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here." It was from the Chicago Daily News. [Laughter] This has been a wonderful evening for Betty and for me, and we thank you all for it.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.3
  • Gunning Fog
    9.9
  • Coleman Liau
    8.2
  • SMOG
    10.6
  • ARI
    4.7

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.5
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.5
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Statistics

  • Characters
    342
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    84
  • Syllables
    121
  • Words Per Sentence
    84
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.39

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.93
  • AFINN
    14.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.01

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • six
    [Cardinal Number]
  • five or
    [Date]
  • the Chicago Daily News
    [Organization]
  • Betty
    [Person]
  • Pete
    [Person]
  • a wonderful evening
    [Time]
  • this morning
    [Time]
Gerald Ford
You know, there is a great deal written and said about the First Family. This designation usually refers to Betty, to me, one daughter, and three sons. But to me, it doesn't have this very limited connotation. I see the First Family as an extended family, one that draws in and includes all of the men and women who make the White House a living, breathing, and functioning body.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.6
  • Gunning Fog
    11.0
  • Coleman Liau
    9.6
  • SMOG
    11.8
  • ARI
    7.5

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.1
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.1
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Statistics

  • Characters
    298
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    69
  • Syllables
    105
  • Words Per Sentence
    69
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.48

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.06
  • AFINN
    2.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • three
    [Cardinal Number]
  • First
    [Ordinal Number]
  • the White House
    [Organization]
  • Betty
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
It encompasses a handful of Fords, completely and comfortably surrounded by staff and press alike. We are not just Jerry, Betty, Susan, Jack, Steve, and Mike, but Bob, Helen, Ron, Frank, Fran, and a few hundred others as well. We work together. We laugh together. We exchange ideas, facts, and speculations.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.2
  • Gunning Fog
    9.6
  • Coleman Liau
    11.7
  • SMOG
    10.0
  • ARI
    5.7

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.8
  • Sprache
    3.7

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.8
  • Sprache
    3.7

    Statistics

  • Characters
    238
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    51
  • Syllables
    80
  • Words Per Sentence
    51
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.51

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.86
  • AFINN
    3.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.04
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Topics

  • Autos & Vehicles

    Entities

  • a few hundred
    [Cardinal Number]
  • Fords
    [Organization]
  • Betty
    [Person]
  • Bob
    [Person]
  • Fran
    [Person]
  • Frank
    [Person]
  • Helen
    [Person]
  • Jack
    [Person]
  • Jerry
    [Person]
  • Mike
    [Person]
  • Ron
    [Person]
  • Steve
    [Person]
  • Susan
    [Person]
Gerald Ford
We interact. We cannot function well without each other. This is the stuff that families are made of, and like all families, we have our disagreements. We take in and assimilate individual attitudes, concerns, information, interests. Then we shine the spotlight of our unique perceptions on each problem, each new challenge.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.5
  • Gunning Fog
    12.7
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    11.7
  • ARI
    8.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.8
  • Sprache
    3.1

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.8
  • Sprache
    3.1

    Statistics

  • Characters
    263
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    51
  • Syllables
    90
  • Words Per Sentence
    51
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.71

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.36
  • Harvard IV
    0.02
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.05
Gerald Ford
Your spotlight is not mine; mine is not yours. Sometimes we differ, but the essence and the glory of the true family is this: Decisions and conclusions may be questioned, but motivation and commitment are not. We speak our differences in trust. We accept that we are travelers heading towards the same destination; it's only the road that has to be determined.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.3
  • Gunning Fog
    12.0
  • Coleman Liau
    11.6
  • SMOG
    12.0
  • ARI
    8.3

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.8
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.8
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Statistics

  • Characters
    289
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    62
  • Syllables
    95
  • Words Per Sentence
    62
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.52

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.98
  • AFINN
    10.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.01
  • Loughran-McDonald
    0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment
Gerald Ford
This is the First Family I know we all want to be a part of. We have shared some of these feelings here tonight. We should never aspire to less. Thank you and good night.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    1.6
  • Gunning Fog
    3.5
  • Coleman Liau
    6.4
  • SMOG
    6.1
  • ARI
    0.7

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    2.2
  • Sprache
    2.1

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    2.2
  • Sprache
    2.1

    Statistics

  • Characters
    132
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    35
  • Syllables
    45
  • Words Per Sentence
    35
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.17

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.78
  • AFINN
    7.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.08

    Entities

  • First
    [Ordinal Number]
  • tonight
    [Time]