Barack Obama

2009 - present (six speeches)

Obama’s map focuses on the Middle East, as well as China. He mentioned Cuba more than any president since John F. Kennedy.

Country Mentions
United States 32
Afghanistan, Iran 19
Iraq 16
China 14
Russia, South Korea 5
Germany, India, Israel 4
Burma, Colombia, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen 3
Chile, Haiti, Japan, Korea, Mali, Somalia 2
Brazil, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guinea, Libya, Mexico, Philippines, South Sudan, Soviet Union, Ukraine 1

George W. Bush

2001-2009 (eight speeches)

Bush mentioned Iraq in his speeches more often than the United States.

Country Mentions
Iraq 95
United States 44
Afghanistan 31
Iran 19
Lebanon 10
Israel 7
China, North Korea 5
Egypt, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Ukraine 4
Great Britain, Burma, India, Jordan, Palestine, Syria 3
Australia, Belarus, Colombia, Cuba, Libya, Philippines, Poland, Yemen, Zimbabwe 2
Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Romania, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Soviet Union, Spain, Sudan, Thailand 1

Bill Clinton

1993-2001 (eight speeches)

Countries arising from the breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia begin to appear: Bosnia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Belarus and Serbia.

Country Mentions
United States 29
China 22
Russia 15
Bosnia 12
Haiti, Iraq, Mexico 6
Kosovo, North Korea 5
Israel, Ukraine, Vietnam 4
Colombia, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan 3
Indonesia, Jordan, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea 2
Belarus, Canada, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Poland, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor, Turkey 1

George H.W. Bush

1989-1993 (four speeches)

Iraq, Kuwait and other Persian Gulf countries together are mentioned more than the United States.

Country Mentions
United States 11
Iraq 6
Panama, Russia 5
Poland 4
Germany, Kuwait 3
Canada, Israel 2
Bahrain, Great Britain, China, Japan, South Korea, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Vietnam 1

Ronald Reagan

1981-1989 (eight speeches)

Reagan’s map returns a focus on the Cold War, as well as the Middle East and Nicaragua.

Country Mentions
United States 17
Soviet Union 13
Nicaragua 12
Afghanistan 7
Lebanon 5
Angola, Canada, Vietnam 3
Cambodia, Cuba, Japan, Libya, Poland 2
China, Ethiopia, Grenada, Iceland, Iran, South Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Philippines, Syria, Uruguay 1

Jimmy Carter

1977-1981 (three speeches)

Carter mentioned far more countries than any other president in the nation’s history.

Country Mentions
United States 92
Soviet Union 42
Afghanistan 26
Iran 20
Israel 19
Egypt, Pakistan 10
China 9
Japan, Mexico, Panama 8
Poland 6
Iraq, Vietnam 5
Korea, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria 4
Britain, Cambodia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gaza, India, Peru, Turkey 3
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Liberia, Libya, New Zealand, Thailand, Venezuela, Zimbabwe 2
Angola, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Guam, Haiti, Jamaica, Laos, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Somalia, Spain, Formosa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uruguay, Virgin Islands, Western Sahara, Zambia 1

Gerald Ford

1974-1977 (three speeches)

With energy and economic crises at home, Ford’s speeches reflected more emphasis on domestic issues.

Country Mentions
United States 22
Japan 5
Soviet Union 4
China, Vietnam 3
Angola 2
Britain, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Korea, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey 1

Richard Nixon

1969-1974 (four speeches)

Nixon’s map reflects a continuing Cold War focus on Vietnam, as well as his opening to China.

Country Mentions
United States 27
Vietnam 7
Soviet Union 6
China 5
Canada, Japan 2
France, Guam, Korea 1

Lyndon Johnson

1964-1969 (six speeches)

Johnson mentioned Vietnam in his speeches more often than the United States.

Country Mentions
Vietnam 67
United States 22
Soviet Union 14
Korea 7
China 4
Bulgaria, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Turkey 2
Cyprus, Formosa, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Yugoslavia 1

SOURCE: State of the Union texts from The American Presidency Project