Skip to comments.Screening Obama: White House looks to install new teleprompter, Prez to get fed info at press events
Posted on 02/16/2009 7:23:23 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
the White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser.
The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.
Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.
Obama had a teleprompter set up for his remarks last week, before taking questions, but the White House couldn't use the teleprompter for anything but the remarks, because the journalists were so close to the screens. Further complicating matters, teleprompter copy can't be easily updated in real time, in a setting like a White House press conference.
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Maybe George W Bush could type in the answers for him.
Wonderful how they portrayed the Capital as being the Kremlin.
Copy on the “OK, I’ll play the contrarian”.
You’re practicing the Brothers thing, talk ... talk ... talk with zero substance until everyone gets tired and walks away. BYE, BYE. Have a nice day.
I wonder how hard it would be to hack into the signal feed. Maybe we should ask the guys who did the Zombies ahead sign.
Just for the sake of continuing the discussion; in the spirit of transparency, (pun intended), I suggest that the teleprompter screen be displayed behind the President and all prompts be attributed to their authors. I think that would make for must see, appointment TV.
Do you see any down side to my proposal for the President of his administration? If he is not to be expected to know enough to get him through a presser, shouldn’t the people be allowed to know where he is getting his information from?
It’s different because it’s not a Republican. And not one of those cowardly SOBs in that DC press corps who grew up idolizing Bernstein and Woodward as the crusading journalists pursuing truth against the evil Nixonian regime and Sam Donaldson for his disrespectful manner with Ronald Reagan will say a word about this to Chairman Hussein.
But I thought Obama was BRILLIANT?
'cause it means he doesn't have a frgging clue about what is going on??
Your comment about President Bush “...he could not string two coherent sentences together if his life depended on it.”
Sometimes one ad-libbed sentence is enough...
When someone at Ground Zero yelled they couldnt hear him, Bush barked into a bullhorn: “I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.
You know ... you just might consider giving up your day job to focus on becoming an evil genius. ;-)
Why doesn’t he just use the wristwatch teleprompter he used during the campaign?
Just a joke. You know, like our new president. ;-)
It’s 1984 (the Orwell version) all over again.
Do you really believe that most Americans spend 24 hours a day glued to the boob tube? The vast majority of the ones that are glued to the boob tube, are not watching cable news
The majority of Americans get their news once a day. The political junkies either get their left-leaning spin from MSNBC or their right-leaning spin from Hannity and Rush and from their favorite Internet political echo chamber.
Have you ever heard the term "contact embarrassment"? That is that cringing feeling of embarrassment for somebody else that you get when somebody is doing so badly that you want to leave the room or switch the TV channel or radio station. That is the feeling I have had listening to George W. Bush defending a position that I supported. It was so bad, I had to turn the car radio off.
I feel like I’m living a nightmare.
This brings to mind the commercial where the red phone rings at 3am in the presidents bedroom.
The president responds, "Ah um ah hello?"
"Ah um ah, general who?"
"Ah um ah, football?"