In the amount of time it took him to say “I actually found that I became more humble the longer I was in office,” former President Barack Obama earned $700 during his keynote climate change “Seeds and Chips” speech before the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy.
Obama broke two records that evening. Not only did he earn more in that 100 minute speech than he did from his legitimate salary as president of the U.S. for eight years, he referred to himself more than any other president in history during an address before any audience. He even beat his own record.
For $500 per second, or $30,000 per minute, Obama mentioned himself 216 times. According to a transcript he used the words “I” 168 times, “me” or “my” 40 times, and “we,” “us” or “our” referring to his family 8 times.
FOX News first reported that during his first 41 speeches as president, Obama talked about himself 1,198 times. He used “I” 1,121 times and “Me” 77. Here is at look more Obama speeches:
|Date||Times he mentioned himself||Occasion|
|Jan. 2017||75||Farewell Address|
|Jan. 2017||40||Chicago Cubs visit to White House|
|July 2016||45||Slain Dallas Police Officers Address|
|July 2016||119||Democratic National Convention speaking about Hillary Clinton|
|Jan. 2016||76||Gun Control speech|
|Oct. 2015||28||Mass Shooting speech|
|Jan. 2017||118||Speech in India|
|July 2014||199||Austin, Texas speech|
|Jan. 2013||74||State of the Union Speech|
|Jan. 2012||104||State of the Union Speech|
In their farewell speeches Bill Clinton spoke for 7 minutes, 25 seconds; Ronald Reagan spoke for 20 minutes, 42 seconds; and George W. Bush spoke for 13 minutes, 7 seconds. Obama spoke for 51 minutes, 10 seconds.
Donald Trump referred to himself three times during his January 20, 2017 Inaugural Speech. Out of the 1,443 words, the new president said “I” three times, “we” 45 times and “you” 24 times.
President Abraham Lincoln did not refer to himself once in the Gettysburg Address during the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863.