Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - April 17, 1986

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.8
  • Gunning Fog
    8.6
  • Coleman Liau
    10.6
  • SMOG
    10.2
  • ARI
    6.2

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.3
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.3
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    4,358
  • Sentences
    75
  • Words
    973
  • Syllables
    1,426
  • Words Per Sentence
    973
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.47
  • Seconds
    451.52
  • Words Per Minute
    129.3

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment/Humor
Ronald Reagan
00:00:00
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00:01:09
  You know, we're both pleased to be here. This is also the night of the Kremlin Correspondents Dinner in Moscow. [Laughter] That's when the members of the Soviet media gather to laugh at Gorbachev's jokes -- [Laughter] -- or else. [Laughter] You know, I rehearsed my lines in front of Don Regan, and I asked him if he thought my -- how my timing was, and he said, "Almost as good as Daniel Ortega's." [Laughter] He said that I was supposed to get up here and make the press laugh.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.0
  • Gunning Fog
    8.0
  • Coleman Liau
    8.5
  • SMOG
    9.5
  • ARI
    6.9

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.8
  • Sprache
    4.5

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.8
  • Sprache
    4.5

    Statistics

  • Characters
    368
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    89
  • Syllables
    124
  • Words Per Sentence
    89
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.33
  • Seconds
    69.44
  • Words Per Minute
    76.9

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.93
  • AFINN
    10.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.05

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment/Humor

    Entities

  • Moscow
    [Country, City, State]
  • the Kremlin Correspondents Dinner
    [Event]
  • Soviet
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Daniel Ortega's
    [Person]
  • Don Regan
    [Person]
  • the night
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:09
-
00:01:38
  Well, there's nothing I like better than a challenge -- [Laughter] -- like making people laugh just 2 days after April 15th. I understand ABC's having some budget problems. The news division has already laid off three hairstylists. [Laughter] Well, they aren't alone. That sweater Dan Rather wears came from Goodwill Industries. [Laughter]

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    5.8
  • Gunning Fog
    6.5
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    8.5
  • ARI
    7.2

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.1
  • Sprache
    3.2

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.1
  • Sprache
    3.2

    Statistics

  • Characters
    264
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    51
  • Syllables
    85
  • Words Per Sentence
    51
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.53
  • Seconds
    29.44
  • Words Per Minute
    103.94

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.34
  • AFINN
    5.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • three
    [Cardinal Number]
  • April 15th
    [Date]
  • just 2 days
    [Date]
  • Goodwill Industries
    [Organization]
  • Dan Rather
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:38
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00:02:27
  And I hear that NBC's going to do a hard-hitting report saying the only reason Ron Reagan, Jr.'s, career has taken off is because he has a famous father, and the guy saying it will be Chris Wallace. [Laughter] At my last press conference, I thought that gimmick of wearing a red dress to get my attention went a little too far, but it was a nice try, Sam [Donaldson]. [Laughter] It must be exciting, though, being a correspondent in a place where all the political action is.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    9.4
  • Gunning Fog
    11.2
  • Coleman Liau
    8.2
  • SMOG
    10.3
  • ARI
    9.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.3
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.3
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    367
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    90
  • Syllables
    123
  • Words Per Sentence
    90
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.38
  • Seconds
    48.6
  • Words Per Minute
    111.11

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.84
  • AFINN
    7.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.05

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • Jr.'s
    [Country, City, State]
  • Chris Wallace
    [Person]
  • Ron Reagan
    [Person]
  • Sam
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:27
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00:03:05
  Unfortunately, you're here and the action's in Chicago. [Laughter] Those last few weeks have really been hectic what with Libya, Nicaragua, and the budget and taxes. I don't know about you, but I've been working long hours. I've really been burning the midday oil. [Laughter] You know, I received an invitation that said, "Please come to Ellis Island July 4th for the hundredth birthday celebration of an American institution." Somebody goofed.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.7
  • Gunning Fog
    8.2
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    11.3
  • ARI
    7.8

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    6.4
  • Sprache
    4.5

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    6.4
  • Sprache
    4.5

    Statistics

  • Characters
    358
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    73
  • Syllables
    123
  • Words Per Sentence
    73
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.66
  • Seconds
    38.32
  • Words Per Minute
    114.3

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.31
  • AFINN
    4.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.04

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • Chicago
    [Country, City, State]
  • Libya
    [Country, City, State]
  • Nicaragua
    [Country, City, State]
  • July 4th
    [Date]
  • Those last few weeks
    [Date]
  • Ellis Island
    [Location]
  • American
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • hundredth
    [Ordinal Number]
  • action's
    [Organization]
  • working long hours
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:05
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00:03:45
  My birthday isn't until February. [Laughter] And it really won't be my hundredth, although I've been around for a while. I can remember when a hot story broke and the reporters would run in yelling, "Stop the chisels!" [Laughter] I received another letter from Gorbachev today. He proposed holding American-style elections in the U.S.S.R., opening his borders for the free movement of people, establishing an independent news media, and tearing down the Berlin Wall.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.1
  • Gunning Fog
    8.6
  • Coleman Liau
    11.9
  • SMOG
    10.1
  • ARI
    5.2

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.6
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.6
  • Sprache
    4.1

    Statistics

  • Characters
    377
  • Sentences
    9
  • Words
    80
  • Syllables
    130
  • Words Per Sentence
    80
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.63
  • Seconds
    39.32
  • Words Per Minute
    122.08

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.25
  • AFINN
    2.00
  • Harvard IV
    -0.01
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.01

    Topics

  • Hobbies & Leisure

    Entities

  • hundredth
    [Cardinal Number]
  • I've
    [Cardinal Number]
  • U.S.S.R.
    [Country, City, State]
  • February
    [Date]
  • today
    [Date]
  • the Berlin Wall
    [Infrastructure]
  • American
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Gorbachev
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:45
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00:04:22
  Pat Buchanan dismissed it as nothing new. [Laughter] People are too ready to jump to conclusions. The other day when I told Don Regan I was opposed to dictators whoever or wherever they are, he asked me if he should start packing. [Laughter] I have good news and bad news for Mario Cuomo. The good news is the polls show Americans favoring an Italian for President.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.9
  • Gunning Fog
    8.3
  • Coleman Liau
    10.1
  • SMOG
    10.9
  • ARI
    5.9

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.4
  • Sprache
    4.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.4
  • Sprache
    4.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    290
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    66
  • Syllables
    100
  • Words Per Sentence
    66
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.47
  • Seconds
    37.72
  • Words Per Minute
    104.98

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.77
  • AFINN
    1.00
  • Harvard IV
    -0.06
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.03

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment/Humor

    Entities

  • The other day
    [Date]
  • Americans
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Italian
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Don Regan
    [Person]
  • Mario Cuomo
    [Person]
  • Pat Buchanan
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:22
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00:04:57
  The bad news is it's Lee Iacocca. [Laughter] You know, someone asked me if I thought the Republicans can beat the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1988. Well, you bet we can. And we will beat Lyndon LaRouche. [Laughter] You know, I do follow what you write. One of you just recently wrote a piece questioning why things seem to be going so well for me lately.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    5.0
  • Gunning Fog
    6.8
  • Coleman Liau
    9.2
  • SMOG
    9.9
  • ARI
    4.1

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    3.5

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    3.5

    Statistics

  • Characters
    280
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    66
  • Syllables
    93
  • Words Per Sentence
    66
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.38
  • Seconds
    34.48
  • Words Per Minute
    114.85

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.02
  • AFINN
    -4.00
  • Harvard IV
    -0.01
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.04

    Topics

  • News/Politics

    Entities

  • One
    [Cardinal Number]
  • 1988
    [Date]
  • Democratic
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Republicans
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Lee Iacocca
    [Person]
  • Lyndon LaRouche
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:57
-
00:05:22
  Well, it's just a case of letting Reagan be Regan. [Laughter] I've been criticized for going over the head of Congress. So what's the fuss? A lot of things go over their heads. [Laughter] This afternoon, someone told me that the average IQ of Washington had risen by 75 points. I asked him how he accounted for it.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    4.0
  • Gunning Fog
    7.3
  • Coleman Liau
    8.5
  • SMOG
    9.0
  • ARI
    2.9

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.3
  • Sprache
    3.2

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.3
  • Sprache
    3.2

    Statistics

  • Characters
    240
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    58
  • Syllables
    78
  • Words Per Sentence
    58
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.34
  • Seconds
    25.64
  • Words Per Minute
    135.73

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.10
  • AFINN
    -2.00
  • Harvard IV
    -0.05
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • 75
    [Cardinal Number]
  • Washington
    [Country, City, State]
  • Congress
    [Organization]
  • Reagan
    [Person]
  • Regan
    [Person]
  • This afternoon
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:22
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00:05:37
  He said Dick Cavett just landed at the airport. [Laughter] I know all of you folks are looking forward to hearing Dick Cavett this evening. Dick feels that he was hampered on commercial television because of his image as an intellectual. I had the same problem. [Laughter] When I told Nancy that Dick was going to be here, she asked if I minded watching something with subtitles.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.9
  • Gunning Fog
    8.9
  • Coleman Liau
    10.8
  • SMOG
    9.5
  • ARI
    6.6

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    5.6
  • Sprache
    4.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    5.6
  • Sprache
    4.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    303
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    67
  • Syllables
    103
  • Words Per Sentence
    67
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.46
  • Seconds
    14.4
  • Words Per Minute
    279.17

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.91
  • AFINN
    -18.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.03
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.03

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment/Humor
  • Arts & Entertainment/TV & Video/TV Shows & Programs

    Entities

  • Dick
    [Person]
  • Dick Cavett
    [Person]
  • Nancy
    [Person]
  • this evening
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:37
-
00:05:57
  And I said, "A foreign movie?" She said "No, Dick Cavett interviewing Bill Buckley." [Laughter] But Dick is living proof that good things come in small packages. He was once the centerfold for Reader's Digest. Tonight the president of your organization, Gary Schuster, passes the torch to your new president, Bill Plante.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.1
  • Gunning Fog
    7.3
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    8.4
  • ARI
    6.8

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    6.8
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    6.8
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Statistics

  • Characters
    269
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    56
  • Syllables
    85
  • Words Per Sentence
    56
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.46
  • Seconds
    19.68
  • Words Per Minute
    170.73

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.41
  • AFINN
    -6.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • Reader's Digest
    [Organization]
  • Bill Buckley
    [Person]
  • Bill Plante
    [Person]
  • Dick
    [Person]
  • Dick Cavett
    [Person]
  • Gary Schuster
    [Person]
  • Tonight
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:57
-
00:06:29
  They tell me Bill is the CBS sex symbol, and here I was loaded with one-liners about Lesley Stahl. [Laughter] Well, before we steal away, I will be serious for a moment. We might have a tendency, you and I, to be a bit disputatious now and then. That's all part and parcel of our trade. But during a time like this -- during a hectic and historic week, I'm especially grateful for all your efforts to provide a vigorous, probing, and unbiased free press.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.7
  • Gunning Fog
    10.1
  • Coleman Liau
    8.4
  • SMOG
    10.0
  • ARI
    6.5

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.9
  • Sprache
    4.9

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.9
  • Sprache
    4.9

    Statistics

  • Characters
    350
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    85
  • Syllables
    121
  • Words Per Sentence
    85
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.41
  • Seconds
    32.8
  • Words Per Minute
    155.49

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.91
  • AFINN
    6.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.01
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • CBS
    [Organization]
  • Bill
    [Person]
  • Lesley Stahl
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:29
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00:07:03
  I saluted the courage of our Air Force and Navy pilots after they carried out their difficult and dangerous mission this week, but another group also performed courageously and well, working endless hours, putting themselves in harm's way, trying to give the American people the best and most accurate account possible of one of the most important stories of this decade. "Courage," Churchill said, "is the one quality which guarantees all others." This was a week for courage and for superior performance in your profession as well.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    12.0
  • Gunning Fog
    18.3
  • Coleman Liau
    12.0
  • SMOG
    12.0
  • ARI
    12.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    6.7
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    6.7
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    449
  • Sentences
    3
  • Words
    91
  • Syllables
    147
  • Words Per Sentence
    91
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.58
  • Seconds
    33.64
  • Words Per Minute
    162.31

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.98
  • AFINN
    14.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.08
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Topics

  • Law & Government/Military

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • a week
    [Date]
  • this decade
    [Date]
  • this week
    [Date]
  • American
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Air Force
    [Organization]
  • Courage
    [Organization]
  • Navy
    [Organization]
  • Churchill
    [Person]
  • working endless hours
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:07:03
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00:07:30
  And I'm delighted to salute you and all of your colleagues overseas. We've had a fine time here tonight, and I've been especially thankful to feel laughter and patriotism warm our hearts, to know that liberty binds us as one. May it always be so. And thank you for including Nancy and me in these wonderful festivities, and God bless you all.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.6
  • Gunning Fog
    12.0
  • Coleman Liau
    9.9
  • SMOG
    11.8
  • ARI
    6.9

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.3
  • Sprache
    4.3

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.3
  • Sprache
    4.3

    Statistics

  • Characters
    271
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    62
  • Syllables
    94
  • Words Per Sentence
    62
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.45
  • Seconds
    27.2
  • Words Per Minute
    136.76

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.99
  • AFINN
    19.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.16
  • Loughran-McDonald
    0.02

    Entities

  • I've
    [Language]
  • I'm
    [Organization]
  • We've
    [Organization]
  • Nancy
    [Person]
  • tonight
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:07:30
-
00:07:31
  [The President spoke at 8:14 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Donald T. Regan was Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, and Patrick J. Buchanan was Assistant to the President and Director of Communications.]

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    4.1
  • Gunning Fog
    3.3
  • Coleman Liau
    10.1
  • SMOG
    8.6
  • ARI
    2.1

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    6.3
  • Sprache
    2.4

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    6.3
  • Sprache
    2.4

    Statistics

  • Characters
    172
  • Sentences
    7
  • Words
    39
  • Syllables
    57
  • Words Per Sentence
    39
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.49
  • Seconds
    0.84
  • Words Per Minute
    2785.71