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Screening Obama: White House looks to install new teleprompter, Prez to get fed info at press events
American Spectator ^ | 2.16.09 @ 6:09AM | the Prowler

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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To: PghBaldy
I can bet you that everyone of the mentioned above have people reading FR or read it themselves if they have time..Rush says he doesn't read political web sites but I think he has someone that does..
101 posted on 02/16/2009 8:16:36 AM PST by PLD
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To: dusttoyou
Ok, r9, explain how this will work in “real life and death” discussions with world leaders.

1. Such discussions do not take place in front of a podium.

2. Answering reporters' questions is rarely "real life and death."

102 posted on 02/16/2009 8:17:39 AM PST by r9etb
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To: budwiesest

103 posted on 02/16/2009 8:17:48 AM PST by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Neverforget01
by his utter failure to use the Bully Pulpit to keep the American Home Front from being demoralized by the liberal news media and the Democrats.

How does a President use a pulpit that's been eliminated by the aforementioned liberal news media and the Democrats?

Very effectively, IF he is up to the job.


104 posted on 02/16/2009 8:23:06 AM PST by Polybius
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To: r9etb
But again, what is intriniscally wrong with the idea of prompting a president on some of his answers?

Maybe the prompter should be President?

The idiots that voted for the Kenyan Klown didn't vote for the prompter.

105 posted on 02/16/2009 8:27:11 AM PST by Eaker (The Two Loudest Sounds in the World.....Bang When it should have been Click and the Reverse.)
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To: hoosierham

With Soros’ hand stuck....
I’ll stop there.


106 posted on 02/16/2009 8:27:37 AM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I remember when the Dems accused Pres Bush of being prompted what to say at news conferences by Rove and Cheney by use of an ear prompter. This was proof to them that he was a total idiot.

Fast forward to today, Somehow using millions of dollars of a special Planet Blaster 3000 Computer Prompter and Informational Gathering Network shows how intelligent the new messianic Commander in Chief is.

Bush Bad, Obama Good.

Of course if the lefty wingnuts used the same logic that they did when they saw an earwig in Bush's ear during newsies, they would have to conclude that Bush's method was much more cost effective as opposed to Obama, who must use a massive computer system in order to sound intelligent and is being prompted also by unseen puppetmasters.

Hmmmmmm.

107 posted on 02/16/2009 8:27:53 AM PST by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: Polybius

Reagan didn’t have to battle the 24/7 news media. No comparison.


108 posted on 02/16/2009 8:28:16 AM PST by Neverforget01
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To: KarlInOhio

**Now he’ll just have to look down.**

Maybe that will save him from the chronic neck pain resulting from having his “better-than-you” nose and chin in the air all the time.


109 posted on 02/16/2009 8:29:59 AM PST by dixiebelle
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To: r9etb

The teleprompter is a hard indicator that he is not prepared, to which being fairly up to speed on all current “hot” subjects is a major part of the job.

If this rube can’t come across well without prompting in a news conference he sure as hell will strike out in discussions with relative equals.


110 posted on 02/16/2009 8:30:54 AM PST by dusttoyou (HNIC)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Bush's mystery bulge: The rumor is flying around the globe. Was the president wired during the first debate?

Was Bush Wired? Sure Looks Like It.

I could go on, but it looks like the MSM cared when Bush was alleged to have been fed lines, but apparently won't care that Obama is being fed questions to their press answers.

-PJ

111 posted on 02/16/2009 8:32:02 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Shoot, fire all the "journalists" we can get the new directly from the Ministry of Propaganda.

I told my state rep the other day that if ASU is complaining about budget cuts they can just close down the J School out there since the profession is no longer needed. He agreed.

112 posted on 02/16/2009 8:32:36 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: Eaker
Maybe the prompter should be President? The idiots that voted for the Kenyan Klown didn't vote for the prompter.

All of which assumes that a president (be it Obama or somebody else) has no opinion other than what appears on the teleprompter.

IMO, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with a president using a prompter -- it's just a tool, and if it permits more accurate or complete answers, I'd be all for it.

Where it can go awry is if it becomes an "instrument of theatre." I can definitely see Obama using it that way.

113 posted on 02/16/2009 8:32:41 AM PST by r9etb
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To: dusttoyou
The teleprompter is a hard indicator that he is not prepared, to which being fairly up to speed on all current “hot” subjects is a major part of the job.

Not necessarily.

If this rube can’t come across well without prompting in a news conference he sure as hell will strike out in discussions with relative equals.

Again, not necessarily. I think you're letting your (justifiable) animosity toward Obama, color your interpretation of a what might well be a pretty useful tool.

114 posted on 02/16/2009 8:34:25 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
(Play this while reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcD2iexGqZQ)

♫Pull the string and I'll wink at you, I'm your puppet
I'll do funny things if you want me to, I'm your puppet
Mm. I'm yours to have and to hold
Darling, you've got full control of your puppet

Pull them little strings and I'll sign the bill, I'm your puppet
Snap your fingers and I'll turn you some flips, I'm your puppet
Mm, your every wish is my command
All you got to do is wiggle your little hand
I'm your puppet, I'm your puppet

 I'm just a toy, just a funny boy
 That makes you laugh when you're blue
 I'll be wonderful, do just what I'm told
 I'll do anything for you

I'm your puppet, I'm your puppet

Just pull them little strings and I'll string ’em along, I'm your puppet
Make me do right or make me do wrong, I'm your puppet.
Mm, treat me good and I'll do anything
I'm just a puppet and you hold my string, I'm your puppet

Your walking, talking, dissin‘, jiving puppet
I'm hanging on a string,
I'll do anything, shuck you 'n' jive you
I'm your puppet♫

[Slightly modified from the version written by Lindon Oldham and Dan Pennington]

115 posted on 02/16/2009 8:34:34 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Obama has gone talk show.


116 posted on 02/16/2009 8:36:50 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Somewhere, somehow, another Joe the Plumber will slip in another zinger. The Zero Admin is trying to minimize that possibility.


117 posted on 02/16/2009 8:39:17 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: RedMonqey

Needs asking nevertheless,


118 posted on 02/16/2009 8:39:21 AM PST by Tarpon (If you don't stand on principle, you stand for nothing at all.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
This is definately going on The List...

The List

Fourth Week in office

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.

Obama is disses the Brit's most famous and stalwart leader, Winston Churchill by returning the most famous bust of the man loaned to this country by the United Kingdom in the aftermath of 9//11

Obama has begun to indicate that he's willing to reconsider the Bush administration’s push to deploy a ballistic missile defense system, contrary to his repeated campaign promises to the contrary.

Obama's main advisor David Axelrod changes his goes back on Obama's position on the Fairness doctrine. He would not give definitive answer and left room for the Fairness Doctrine to be revisited.

Third week in office

Obama changes the setup of the National Security Councel by executive order
Shauna Daly, professional “dirt digger” hired as “White House councel research director”
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got free housing from House rep (D) Rosa DeLauro for 5 years . DeLauro is married to Stan Greenberg; a pollster (Quinlin Rosner Research) with lucrative contracts from both that representatives.
A Syrian paper reported that the Obama U.S. Dept. of Commerce agreed to sell plane parts to Syria
A lawyer for the Obama administration surprised a panel of federal appeals judges by making an argument to preserve state secrets in a trial regarding terrorism subjects. This argument was made, after repeatedly attacking the Bush administration for doing the same thing.
President Obama said Monday that "only government" can shake the country out of recession, as he tried to settle doubts about his administration's costly economic recovery package during a prime-time press conference.
Obama reverses Bush policy on 'warming' Federal agencies settle long-standing case in favor of environmentalists. The U.S. will now refuse to help finance development overseas if the environmental establishment claims that it would contribute to 'global warming
Deborah Burlingame, a 9/11 family member who lost her brother Chip during the 9/11 attacks, spoke to media at the National Press Club about her meeting with President Obama.
He said he was not at all worried about the security of the American people in bringing the detainees here. Not in the least worried about that. His reasoning was this: ‘ Al Qaeda doesn’t have conscience they’re not interested in going back and springing these guys. They’re forgotten once they are put away in our federal facilities. He said, furthermore there are so many soft targets in the United States, like a shopping mall, why would Al Qaeda go after a hard target like a federal lock up or military prison, when they could choose a soft target.’
Burlingame later added that Obama was “non-committal” about visiting Guantanamo Bay when she asked him
Interior Secretary Salazar Kills Bush Offshore drilling plan Saying “we need bring sanity back into our energy policy….
Obama gave two high level positions to former Citibank executives (Jacob J. Lew, and Michael Froman) who helped run Citibank into the ground and raises questions of conflict of interest .
Republicans are shut out of the Stimulus conference negotiations.
Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind):“(the stimulus package…)is being crafted without a single House Republican in the room.”
Obama in 2007:End the Practice of Writing Legislation Behind Closed Doors: (from Obama’s website: http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/)
Defense lobbyist William Lynn approved as deputy defense secretary. Obama waives ethics regulations by putting the ex-defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon. Obama violates promise to keep lobbyists out of the federal government. On his first day in office, Obama issued an executive order forcing individuals to wait two years before they could be hired for the agencies they had lobbied, violating his own executive order less than three weeks in office.
Obama appoints Gil Kerlikowske to be the nation’s new drug czar. Kerlikowske has established himself as a devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal.
Obama controls the press core at the White House: Chicago Sun Times Writer Carol Marin writes: “The press corps, most of us, don't even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who've been advised they will be called upon that day.”
Obama demonstrates dangerous ignorance of the Classified Information Procedures Act or CIPA by the president. This was witnessed by Debra Burlingame, sister sister of Charles Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 that was flown into the Pentagon on 9/11, at White House meeting of families of terrorism victims
President Obama today repeated the claim that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., "said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off." But after the president left the event, Owens said the exact opposite.
Defending the White House in the wake of Sen. Judd Gregg's withdrawal as Commerce Secretary, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said it is not "amateur hour"
Obama Now Believes Iran Is Nuke Threat. In 2007, Obama said the opposite, “"It is absolutely clear that this administration and President Bush continues to not let facts get in the way of his ideology."
"They need, now, to aggressively move on the diplomatic front."
"They should have stopped the saber rattling -- should never have started it," said Obama.

Obama interfering with Israeli Government Formation
The U.S. official position is that it looks forward to "working with any government," but in back-channel messages the Obama administration has made it clear it would like to see a unity government in Jerusalem over a narrow right-wing government which would in all likelihood result in a freeze in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Aides to Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Friday that Washington officials did indeed relay the message while associates of Kadima chief Tzipi Livni denied receiving such a message.

Obama brakes campaign promise to wait 5 days before signing any legislation on stimulus bill. Second time he broke this promise in his first month in office

(For the complete list go to my profile at FR)

119 posted on 02/16/2009 8:39:31 AM PST by Nachum (Obama theme song: Ball of Confusion by the Temptations)
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To: Patriotic1; SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; ...

“The List” ping


120 posted on 02/16/2009 8:40:20 AM PST by Nachum (Obama theme song: Ball of Confusion by the Temptations)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Maybe George W Bush could type in the answers for him.


121 posted on 02/16/2009 8:40:22 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: musicman

Wonderful how they portrayed the Capital as being the Kremlin.


122 posted on 02/16/2009 8:41:36 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: r9etb

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.


123 posted on 02/16/2009 8:46:21 AM PST by dusttoyou (HNIC)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


124 posted on 02/16/2009 8:49:23 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: r9etb

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?


125 posted on 02/16/2009 8:52:12 AM PST by burroak
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To: Political Junkie Too
being fed questions = being fed answers.

-PJ

126 posted on 02/16/2009 8:52:45 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Iron Munro

ROFL!


127 posted on 02/16/2009 8:57:41 AM PST by DesertDreamer ("I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: aflaak

ping


128 posted on 02/16/2009 8:59:14 AM PST by r-q-tek86 (The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it's a whole lot better than what we have now)
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To: Fresh Wind

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.


129 posted on 02/16/2009 9:06:26 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: dusttoyou
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.

LOL!

130 posted on 02/16/2009 9:09:04 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

But I thought Obama was BRILLIANT?


131 posted on 02/16/2009 9:10:17 AM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: r9etb
Not defending Obama here ... he might well misuse the capability. But again, what is intriniscally wrong with the idea of prompting a president on some of his answers?

'cause it means he doesn't have a frgging clue about what is going on??

132 posted on 02/16/2009 9:12:27 AM PST by Getsmart64
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To: Polybius

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 couldn’t 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.”


133 posted on 02/16/2009 9:13:28 AM PST by deks (My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge)
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To: burroak
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?

You know ... you just might consider giving up your day job to focus on becoming an evil genius. ;-)

134 posted on 02/16/2009 9:14:27 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Why doesn’t he just use the wristwatch teleprompter he used during the campaign?


135 posted on 02/16/2009 9:14:56 AM PST by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: Tarpon

Just a joke. You know, like our new president. ;-)


136 posted on 02/16/2009 9:15:38 AM PST by RedMonqey (Arm yourself if you must. For your enemies surely will.)
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To: sarasota

It’s 1984 (the Orwell version) all over again.


137 posted on 02/16/2009 9:16:46 AM PST by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: Neverforget01
Reagan didn’t have to battle the 24/7 news media. No comparison.

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.

138 posted on 02/16/2009 9:20:23 AM PST by Polybius
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To: fightinJAG

I feel like I’m living a nightmare.


139 posted on 02/16/2009 9:24:17 AM PST by sarasota
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To: mort56
What they are admitting is Zero needs a cheat sheet and minions behind the screen to answer questions from the press. This certainly doesn’t instill confidence in either him or the country he represents. Yet another sign of this man’s weaknesses.

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?"

140 posted on 02/16/2009 9:26:05 AM PST by oldbrowser (The most transparent president in history.)
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To: deks
Sometimes one ad-libbed sentence is enough... When someone at Ground Zero yelled they couldn’t 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 cannot carry a war effort over the years with only one ad-libbed sentence you came up with before the first American shot in the war was fired.

The War on Terror may very well have been lost by Bush's inability to keep the American Home Front from becoming demoralized.

As I wrote in my last post:

"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."

141 posted on 02/16/2009 9:26:12 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I wonder if he’ll have those tele-idiots to guide him when he’s meeting heads of states?

This guy is truly an embarrassment and what’s sad is he doesn’t know it.

Well, maybe that’s a good thing.
JB


142 posted on 02/16/2009 9:30:17 AM PST by thatjoeguy (Wind is just air, but pushier.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’m off to see the Wizard, the phony Wizard of Oz.

He is a disgrace to this this country and a laughing stock of all other countries.

A puppet, with others pulling the strings. You can say he’s smart all you want. I don’t see a smart man when I look at him. I see a weakling controlled by a bunch of puppet masters.


143 posted on 02/16/2009 9:33:38 AM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA!~
FOLKS, HUSSEIN CANNOT THINK ON HIS FEET...HE IS A CLUELESS BOOB, AND NOW THE PUPPET MASTERS ARE TRYING TO GET ZERO SOME "HELP"......OH MAN, CAN YOU IMAGINE IF BUSH TRIED TO DO THIS?!!????

What a bunch of moronic losers.

144 posted on 02/16/2009 9:33:55 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: indylindy
How comical the MSM will look sitting in thise seats puffed up with their own self importence while Obama or even that dolt Gibbs are reading the answers to their pre made up questions on the teleprompter.

Precisely. . .Obama has extended the 'level playing field'. . .and it should be an embarassment for both him and 'particpants', world-wide.

145 posted on 02/16/2009 9:36:19 AM PST by cricket (January 20, 2009 - <I>the day the music died</I>)
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To: sarasota

The new teleprompter will coordinate answers to the pre-screened questions from hand-picked “journalists”

Don’t rule out that the press and some of the MSM doesn’t turn on him. They are a quirky, fickle group.


146 posted on 02/16/2009 9:38:42 AM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: mojitojoe

They won’t turn on him if they want to be invited back. He simply won’t tolerate dissention among the ranks.


147 posted on 02/16/2009 9:40:30 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If they are going to anticipate questions and formulate answers in advance for the use of the President, why not just post the questions and answers as FAQs on the White House website? Then both the press and the President could avoid the news conference, and never have to leave their offices!


148 posted on 02/16/2009 9:47:53 AM PST by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: sarasota

I agree.


149 posted on 02/16/2009 9:49:58 AM PST by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: musicman

Is he being built or falling apart? Sure hope it’s the latter.


150 posted on 02/16/2009 9:51:59 AM PST by azishot (I just joined the NRA.)
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