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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

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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To: pepsionice

I think the reason he uses a teleprompter is to keep him from saying what he really believes. Remember the exchange with Joe the plumber?


21 posted on 03/05/2009 9:39:29 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: reaganaut1

Opportunity awaits.

22 posted on 03/05/2009 9:39:51 AM PST by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: jennyjenny

I’m thinking that instead of admitting they were wrong, the media will simply gradually critizize him. Even Chrissy Mathews was trumpeting how right McCain is about ear marks. (With Obama they truly are EAR marks.)


23 posted on 03/05/2009 9:40:59 AM PST by Terry Mross (I Hate All Politicians, Republicans Included.)
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To: reaganaut1

I noticed this the other day when intro-ing the HHS. It was weird.


24 posted on 03/05/2009 9:41:35 AM PST by nhwingut (,)
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To: reaganaut1

0bama is just a puppet. The big question is who is pulling the strings.

Nancy Pelosi seems to have a huge part in it with her porkulus bill (she and her flunkies wrote it). There are others, like David Axelrod who is probably a major speech writer.


25 posted on 03/05/2009 9:43:57 AM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Terry Mross
Well, the media all have 401k’s and companies that are laying people off like crazy or shutting down altogether. The NYT and MSNBC, I guess, felt like if they carried his water somehow they would be saved. Ain't gonna happen. Useful idiots.
26 posted on 03/05/2009 9:43:59 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: reaganaut1
Gee. Didn't the "Leader of the Republican Party" mention this half a dozen times in his CPAC speech. They may not like him, but they're paying attention.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 03/05/2009 9:44:09 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: A. Morgan

Shouldn’t the we be demanding to know who is answering these questions? After 8 years of jokes and criticism about who was manipulating the strings that controlled Bush, it is incredible that our press can sit and watch this guy answer every question and give every speech from a script.


28 posted on 03/05/2009 9:44:26 AM PST by Yogafist
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To: reaganaut1

Suppose someone can get access to the teleprompter control before a speech and type in “I AM RESIGNING, EFFECTIVE TODAY—AND JOE IS, TOO”...

With any luck, he’ll read it out loud before he realizes it.


30 posted on 03/05/2009 10:04:26 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again---and J. Edgar, too)
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To: Yogafist
"...it is incredible that our press can sit and watch this guy answer every question and give every speech from a script."

It is. But we're less than 60 days into the administration and they'll get restless at some point. They always do...

31 posted on 03/05/2009 10:04:56 AM PST by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

I would love for someone to accidentally trip and knock over the teleprompter or somehow cause it to lose it’s feed- 0b0z0 woud be so lost...


32 posted on 03/05/2009 10:19:21 AM PST by musicbymuzak
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I hope that the majority of the British people noticed, especially Obama's Oval Office Press Appearance with Brown. Without his teleprompter, Obama was almost totally unable to articulate a logical and understandable phrase having to do with a policy issue. He made Bush look good.

IMHO - Anyone who viewed that appearance, friend or foe, had to come away wondering whether "...this guy Obama is anywhere near as sharp as I thought he was."

33 posted on 03/05/2009 10:23:41 AM PST by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: reaganaut1
Bradley A. Blakeman, a former White House aide to President George W. Bush

When it comes to commenting on the articulation of thoughts, anyone associated with W is immediately disqualificated.

34 posted on 03/05/2009 10:29:31 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (The Monica Media loves Moderates. They're easy to defeat.)
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To: reaganaut1
Obama the karaoke president.
35 posted on 03/05/2009 11:03:19 AM PST by mickey finn
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To: reaganaut1

obamma lamma ding dong is little more than a cutsie boy who can give a good speech and smile for the stupids.
And joe biden is a drunk.
And we’re screwed.


36 posted on 03/05/2009 11:17:12 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher

Well they wanted change, and they got it....

Script Man better hope he never experiences what Sarah Palin did during her RNC acceptance speech.

The teleprompter shorted, and Sarah strode on without a hitch...

Barry B would be dumbfounded, and set a new record for uh, uh, uh’s


37 posted on 03/05/2009 12:34:20 PM PST by patriotspride
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To: patriotspride

The Cuda is a real person.

Kind of like they’ve always told ya, don’t lie cause ya can’t keep them straight.
Well Saracuda is a real person and tell is like she sees it not what the polls or teleprompter tells ya to say.
This magic negro is an assclown.


38 posted on 03/05/2009 12:38:24 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher

” The Cuda is a real person.”

And I hope we see her again. Agree with you, what she shows is what she is, not like Barry O Wanna be President.


39 posted on 03/05/2009 12:48:24 PM PST by patriotspride
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To: reaganaut1

i notice they didnt mention palin’s incredible catch when her teleprompter died at the national convention.


40 posted on 03/05/2009 2:12:02 PM PST by Chickensoup ("Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.")
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To: Red in Blue PA

I take exception with the notion of Hussein being such a great communicator. Most of what he says is rather pedestrian tautology. How many memorable phrases as he turned that will endure? None that I can think of.

That crazed teleprompter tennis match with the continuous volley that he seems to be watching every time he gives a speech is REALLY getting old.


41 posted on 03/05/2009 6:39:41 PM PST by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank
How many memorable phrases as he turned that will endure? None that I can think of.

Hope. Change. Uh.......

42 posted on 03/05/2009 6:56:05 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: reaganaut1
obust1

There is a whole thread devoted to poking fun at this teleprompting commie asshat. Click on the picture to join in on the fun!

43 posted on 03/06/2009 7:23:15 PM PST by Nateman (Obama, the brain drain poster boy!)
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To: reaganaut1
Mr. Obama uses them for everyday routine announcements, and even for the opening statement at his news conference.

And they called Bush a dumb shit.

44 posted on 03/06/2009 7:44:13 PM PST by Lizavetta (Politicians: When they're not lying, they're stealing.)
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