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Obama Sticks to the (Teleprompter) Script
New York Times ^ | March 5, 2009 | Peter Baker

Posted on 03/05/2009 9:28:22 AM PST by reaganaut1

WASHINGTON — As he introduced his new choice for secretary of health and human services in the East Room this week, President Obama turned his head from right to left, but he wasn’t looking at the audience. He was reading from two teleprompters, strategically set up outside the tight television camera shot.

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Presidents have been using teleprompters for more than half a century, but none relied on them as extensively as Mr. Obama has so far. While presidents typically have used them for their most important speeches to the nation — an inauguration, a State of the Union or an Oval Office address — Mr. Obama uses them for everyday routine announcements, and even for the opening statement at his news conference.

He used them during a visit to a Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Ill. He used them to make brief remarks at the opening of his “fiscal responsibility summit.” He used them during a visit to the Interior Department to discuss endangered species, even as he recalled a visit to some national parks as an 11-year-old. “That was an experience I will never forget,” he said, reading from the teleprompter.

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Yet Bradley A. Blakeman, a former White House aide to President George W. Bush and a Republican strategist, said the teleprompter makes Mr. Obama look robotic. “He is extremely scripted, and he is cautious to the max and afraid of gaffes,” Mr. Blakeman said. When answering questions without a script, Mr. Blakeman said, “his speech is very halted, and you can see him take a lot of time to think about what he’s going to say.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; fraidycat; obama; obamateleprompter; peterbaker; teleprompter
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1 posted on 03/05/2009 9:28:22 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Duh.

Gee, the NY Times noticed - something “we” have seen since June. 2008.


2 posted on 03/05/2009 9:29:49 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: reaganaut1; All

Someone needs to make an Obama bobblehead, but instead of going up and down, it goes side to side.


3 posted on 03/05/2009 9:30:07 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: reaganaut1

Form over substance.

That’s all this clown is about.


4 posted on 03/05/2009 9:30:40 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: reaganaut1

Obviously, the transmitter in his ear only works when a teleprompter is in the room. He turns his head to get better reception. “Say again George.” “No I can’ thear you Mr. Soros say again”. We are sooooo screwed


5 posted on 03/05/2009 9:31:13 AM PST by the long march
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To: reaganaut1
Well, this is shocking.

On second thought, it actually is shocking since it's in the NYT

6 posted on 03/05/2009 9:31:22 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: reaganaut1

Obozo, like most actors, is only good at reading what other people write for him to repeat. Original thoughts need not apply ...


7 posted on 03/05/2009 9:31:50 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: reaganaut1

“even as he recalled a visit to some national parks as an 11-year-old. “That was an experience I will never forget,” he said, reading from the teleprompter.”

classic, but uncommonly snarky from the NYT


8 posted on 03/05/2009 9:32:44 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Red in Blue PA

LOL . . . I might even purchase one of those!!


9 posted on 03/05/2009 9:33:12 AM PST by RepubRep (God Bless America and may He guard our borders until we WAKE UP and do it ourselves!!)
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To: reaganaut1

“the teleprompter makes Mr. Obama look robotic. “He is extremely scripted, and he is cautious to the max and afraid of gaffes,” Mr. Blakeman said.”

Obama is a gaffe. A walking, thoughtlessly talking gaffe.


10 posted on 03/05/2009 9:33:37 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: reaganaut1

I refuse to read the NYT. Did it mention that Obozo is an incoherent fool without his ‘prompter?


11 posted on 03/05/2009 9:33:54 AM PST by wny
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To: reaganaut1

It’s only a matter of time before “Teleprompter-Gate”.


12 posted on 03/05/2009 9:34:32 AM PST by A. Morgan (Every night I pray that Rezko and Blago roll over on Obama!)
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Well, he is transparent, that is for sure.


13 posted on 03/05/2009 9:35:04 AM PST by freeplancer
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To: reaganaut1
The sock puppet teleprompter reader. He's a figure head being controlled others. That's not what you want in an individual with control of our military and budgets. There's plenty of time for parties and recreation. He isn't doing any real work. He just has to make time to publicize the edicts of the politburo calling the shots.
14 posted on 03/05/2009 9:35:12 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: txnativegop

Rumor has it that he even needs a teleprompter to carry on a dinner conversation...


15 posted on 03/05/2009 9:35:34 AM PST by Stayfree (The Obama Disaster.com has all the latest reasons why Obama shouldn't be President!)
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To: txnativegop

I think the guy is addicted to teleprompter-type speeches...he can’t deliver in any other fashion. If you tried to engage him to deliver a 4-line answer to a surprise question....I don’t think he could think and talk at the same time.


16 posted on 03/05/2009 9:35:44 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: reaganaut1


WHAT'S WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES?


17 posted on 03/05/2009 9:35:52 AM PST by Lady Jag (Believe in your heart that you're destined to do great things)
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To: reaganaut1
"That was an experience I will never forget,” he said, reading from the teleprompter.

I think the Times is actually being a bit sarcastic. Pretty funny stuff when you combine the thought of him having to use a teleprompter to tell a story which he will "never forget."

18 posted on 03/05/2009 9:35:55 AM PST by dawn53
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To: reaganaut1

Obambi is losing the New Yuck Times? Women and children hardest hit?!


19 posted on 03/05/2009 9:37:20 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Stayfree

What is sad is the fact that it is a distinct possibility. Guess we know why Michelle married him, pity.


20 posted on 03/05/2009 9:37:58 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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