President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney were in the spotlight Wednesday night as they challenged one another in their first debate at the University of Denver in Colorado.

The debate format covered several different subjects, all of which focused on domestic matters: the economy, health care, the role of government and governing. The debate commission’s aim was a more in-depth discussion on the issues that are important to the American people. And the commission’s intention was certainly met.

Moderator Jim Lehrer, former host of PBS’s “NewsHour” program, welcomed the audience and nationwide viewers declaring, “Let’s have a terrific evening for all of you and for our country.” While Lehrer’s main rule was “absolute silence” to the debate hall, millions across the country were watching and reacting, outwardly, across the country.

Heritage has created two word clouds, one generated for Obama’s remarks and the other to Romney’s. Use these visual depictions to compare, contrast, discuss and analyze their remarks. Consider these your gateway to looking at “history in the clouds.”