Sportsbook.com Offers Odds for Keywords in President Bush State of the Union Speech

President George W. Bush will make his seventh State of the Union address to Congress on January 23rd. Sportsbook.com has released the odds for certain words mentioned in the State of the Union speech that will be given on January 23, 2007.

Sportsbook.com odds on the number of times Bush will say these words during his 2007 State of the Union address on January 23, 2007.

Evil Over/Under 2.5 (-120)
Terrorist/Terrorism/Terror Over/Under 19.5 (-120)
Al Qaeda Over/under 3.5 (-120)
Freedom Over/Under 15.5 (-120)
Democracy Over/Under 2.5 (-120)
God Over/Under 2.5 (-120)

According to a Sportsbook.com press release, “Since the events of September 11, 2001, previous addresses have been notable for the number of times Bush has referred to catch words like terrorism, freedom and Al Qaeda. With Bush facing ever-increasing criticism over his handling of the war in Iraq and the direction the country is heading, Sportsbook.com, the world’s largest online sportsbook and casino, offers odds on the number of times Bush will fall back on these words to rally Americans in his State of the Union address next week.”

In the Sportsbook.com press release out today:

In the 2006 State of the Union address, Bush repeatedly referenced the word “terrorist” (or variations such as terrorism and terror) a total of 20 times in a speech that lasted just 51 minutes, a rate of about one reference every two-minutes when you consider a large portion of the speech was dedicated to applause from the pro-Republican Congress. The speech was also littered with almost 20 references to “freedom”.

In fact, in the five State of the Union addresses since September 11, 2001, Bush has used the word terror an average of 24 times per speech, with a record 36 mentions in the 2002 address. Freedom has been said an average of 13 times per speech in that same span while the word “evil” has been included an average of three times. By comparison, in his February 2001 State of the Union address, Bush used the word terror only once, freedom eight times and did not mention the words evil or “democracy”.

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