Politics & Policy

In Twelve-Minute Speech to America on Oregon Mass Shooting, Obama Refers to Himself 28 Times

President Obama offers comments on the Oregon shooting, October 1, 2015. (Mark Wilson/Getty)
‘Each time this happens, I am going to bring this up.’

Less than six hours after the mass shooting today in Roseburg, Ore., President Obama called a press conference to demand new gun laws, a move he predicted would spur critics to accuse him of politicizing the issue. If they don’t accuse him of that, they might accuse him of making the tragedy about himself. 

During today’s twelve-minute address, Obama referred to himself 28 times — more than twice per minute! 

(N.B.: In arriving at this calculation, I included mention of “we” only when he was clearly including himself as part of the plural pronoun; the many uses of “we” in referring to America at large were not included.)

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