"This is a whole new life for me now"

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Following up on yesterday's post about Rona Barrett's 10/6/1980 interview with Donald Trump, here's a sample from Lesley Stahl's 12/13/2016 interview:

LesleyStahl: well congratulations mister trump
you're president elect
DonaldTrump: thank you
LesleyStahl: how surprised were you?
DonaldTrump: well i really felt we were doing well i was on a string of about twenty one straight days of speeches
sometimes many a day
and the last two days i really- i really had a
pretty wild time i did six speeches and then i did seven
and i-
LesleyStahl: everyone thought you were going to lose
DonaldTrump: i know i did my final speech in michigan at one oclock in the morning and we had thirty one thousand people
many people outside of the arena
i felt- when i left i said how're we going to lose
i- we set it up
a day before
and we had all of these people
and it was literally at one oclock in the morning and i said
this doesn't look like second place so we were really happy i mean it- it was
these are great people
LesleyStahl: on election night
i heard you went completely silent
was it a sort of
of the enormity of this thing for you
DonaldTrump: i think so
it's enormous
i've done a lot of big things i've never done anything like this it it
it is so
big it is so
it's so enormous it's so
LesleyStahl: just took your breath away
couldn't talk
DonaldTrump: a little bit
a little bit and i think um
i realized that
uh this is a whole new life for me now
LesleyStahl: hillary called you
tell us about that phone call
DonaldTrump: so hillary called
and it was a
and it was a tough call for her
i mean i can imagine
tougher for her than it would have been for me and for me it would have been very
very difficult
uh she couldn't have been nicer
uh she just said congratulations donald
well done
and i said i want to thank you very much you were a great competitor she's very strong
and very smart
LesleyStahl: what about bill clinton did you talk to him?
DonaldTrump: he called the next day
LesleyStahl: really what did he say?
DonaldTrump: he actually called
last night
LesleyStahl: what did he say?
DonaldTrump: and he uh
he couldn't have been more gracious
he said it was an amazing run
uh one of the most amazing he's ever seen
LesleyStahl: he said that
DonaldTrump: he was very very
really very nice
LesleyStahl: it was a pretty nasty campaign
do you regret any of the things you said about her?
DonaldTrump: well it was a double side nasty i mean they were tough and i was tough
and uh i-
do i regert
i mean i'm sitting here with you now
we're going to do a great job
for the country we're going to make america great again i mean that's what
it- it began with that and that's where we are right now there's so many things-
LesleyStahl: so no regrets…
DonaldTrump: i can't regret no um
i wish it were softer i wish it were nicer i wish maybe even it was more on policy or whatever you want to say but
LesleyStahl: mm hmm
DonaldTrump: but i will say that um it really
it really is something that i'm very proud of i mean it was a tremendous campaign

Comparing f0 range (90th percentile minus 10th percentile), median f0, and amplitude-weighted mean f0 between this 2016 interview and the 1980 interview discussed in yesterday's post "I think it's a very mean life":

F0 range (s.t.) Median F0 Weighted Mean F0 WPM (Overall) WPM (Speech only)
Barrett 10/1980 6.0 103.6 Hz 110.6 Hz 189.6 230.9
Stahl 12/2016 6.7 117.1 Hz 121.8 Hz 188.1 226.3

So far, these crude baseline prosodic parameters seem pretty stable despite the time difference of more than 36 years.

I've now identified and downloaded 72 interviews over the 1980-2017 period, so there will be some more of this in the future.

1 Comment

  1. tangent said,

    June 9, 2017 @ 12:42 am

    Light up the Linguist Signal and send a speech act educator over to the Senate!

    “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

    “He did not direct you to let it go?” Risch asked Comey.
    “Not in his words, no,” Comey replied.
    Risch: “He did not order you to let it go?”
    Comey: “Again, those words were not an order.


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