Graphic: Fernández vs. Macri word cloud comparison

5th March 2020

By The Essential Staff

Graphic: Fernández vs. Macri word cloud comparison

A year ago, Mauricio Macri’s State of the Union address was notable for its fiery tone, as his government looked for a show of strength and conviction while it fought an economic crisis that was rapidly decimating its popularity. So how did that speech compare to Alberto Fernández’s a year later?

</p> <img class="wp-image-8208 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez.jpg" alt="Alberto Fernández's 2020 State of the Union word cloud" width="672" height="461" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez.jpg 2500w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez-300x206.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez-1024x703.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez-768x527.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez-1536x1055.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez-2048x1407.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-fernandez-600x412.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 672px) 100vw, 672px" /> <p>The word cloud rapidly points to a change in political beliefs and priorities. <strong>State</strong> intervention, <strong>social</strong> programs, the role of the <strong>government</strong> and a search for <strong>justice</strong> are all prominent, while <strong>debt</strong> is seen as the main problem inherited from the past, even if very little was said going forward in terms of what will be done with the economy.</p> <img class="wp-image-8209 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri.jpg" alt="Mauricio Macri's 2019 State of the Union word cloud" width="687" height="472" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri.jpg 2500w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri-300x206.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri-1024x704.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri-768x528.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri-1536x1056.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri-2048x1407.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cloud-macri-600x412.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 687px) 100vw, 687px" /> <p>The contrast with Macri&#8217;s view is clear. The former president believed in doing what the rest of the <strong>world</strong> does, and repeatedly emphasized he was trying nothing too different from what other countries that Argentines look up to also did. It&#8217;s not that Macri did not believe that there were social problems, but he framed them more in absolute terms, focusing on creating <strong>jobs</strong> and lifting people out of <strong>poverty</strong>, more than as a matter of social justice and equality. With the crisis already underway, mentions about <strong>time</strong> to achieve <strong>change</strong> and escape from a feared <strong>past</strong> were always emphasized, even though patience for his administration eventually ran out.</p> <p>Although Fernández&#8217;s view is <a href="https://gettheessential.com/politics/2020/02/20/infographic-alberto-fernandez-first-presidential-approval-rates">more popular</a> than Macri at the moment, time will tell if the economic crisis will end up hitting him as it did with Macri if patience runs out.</p> <p>

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