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January 31, 2006

Thought we could all have a little fun with the State of the Union tonight. Let’s try to guess how many times the President uses a derivative of the word terror (the word itself or words using the root ‘terror’ must be uttered–implicit remarks do not count). I have listed the tally for the last five SOU below.

2001-1 (technically, just an Address of Congress as Rodger points out)

I will start the bidding at 25 (NSA wiretapping controversy, Iraq, and Iran not to mention a sagging approval rating all loom large). Let’s use Price is Right rules–closest without going over. Comments must be posted by 9pm eastern standard time to qualify. Let the games begin!

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Petti is Associate Director of Insights and Analytics at Alexion . Previously, he served as Lead Data Scientist in the Decision Sciences group at Maritz Motivation and a Global Data Strategist and Subject Matter Expert for Gallup.