Skip to comments.Obama's safety net: the TelePrompter
Posted on 03/05/2009 11:23:57 PM PST by truemiester
President Barack Obama doesnt go anywhere without his TelePrompter.
The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the presidents prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.
Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White Houses stately parlors. They stood next to him on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan. They traveled to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks.
Obamas reliance on the teleprompter is unusual not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small.
After the teleprompter malfunctioned a few times last summer and Obama delivered some less-than-soaring speeches, reports surfaced that he was training to wean himself off of the device while on vacation in Hawaii. But no such luck.
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You mean like in the Will Ferrell vehicle “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”?
Teleprompter Barry is the biggest joke in the world. He is going to bring the Queen something from Costco.
Can I just finish my waffle? (Obama’s words)?
(But he’s likely to “waffle” when he does it.)
He’s going to meet with the Queen behind closed doors so that his gaffes won’t make the world news...
Obama to Meet Privately With Queen of England
The Sun ^ | 3/5/09 | FoxNews
The Queen of England is to give President Obama a private “getting-to-know-you” audience next month. Her Majesty will meet the new president in advance of an economic summit in London. The private meeting is highly unusual because Obama will not be on a state visit. But advisers believe it is important the Queen meets him before any official trip. A source said: “There is a wish to do these things as discreetly as possible in the first instance.”
..... not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small. .....After the teleprompter malfunctioned a few times last summer and Obama delivered some less-than-soaring speeches, .....
Does anyone else discern the dichotomy here?
That's the winner for Stupid Comment of the Day, Mr. Kumar. Obama is making mistakes every day, with or without the teleprompter. He is saying nothing at all about the economy and every policy decision and recommendation he has made is guaranteed to sink the markets even further. No need for a teleprompter to kill markets when you are a communist.
You got it first.
So if he does debate El Rushbo, y’think he’ll bring a teleprompter?
Gee I can't imagine why.
The Idiot in Chief made a really dumb statement this week when he said that he doesn’t pay attention to the stock market numbers and that it’s just a tracking poll.
And the drubing her PM got she should have video cameras secretly film everything and post it on youtube for comedy effect.
Can Obama say good morning to his kids without a prepared text?
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Just how much of a crutch the teleprompter has become for Obama was on sharp display during his latest commerce secretary announcement. The president spoke from a teleprompter in the ornate Indian Treaty Room for a few minutes. Then Gov. Gary Locke stepped to the podium and pulled out a piece of paper for reference.
The presidents teleprompter also elicited some uncomfortable laughter after he announced Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his choice for Health and Human Services secretary. Kathy, Obama said, turning the podium over to Sebelius, who waited at the microphone for an awkward few seconds while the teleprompters were lowered to the floor and the television cameras rolled.
Obama has relied on a teleprompter through even the shortest announcements and when repeating the same lines on his economic stimulus plan that he's been saying for months whereas past presidents have mostly worked off of notes on the podium except during major speeches, such as the State of the Union.
He uses them to death, a television crewmember who also covered the White House under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush said of the teleprompter. The problem is, he never looks at you. Hes looking left, right, left, right not at the camera. Its almost like hes not making eye contact with the American people.
And to that I say, Amen!
There's a hugh presumption in that statement.
That’s because The One’s brain is a teleprompter.
Babbling idiot without one.
i could care less about his teleprompter it’s such a totally minor issue compared to what OthugO’s agenda within the 100 days.
Granted, however, articles such as this may help us remove his totally undeserved cloak of invulnerability.
What statements whould be made bt the media if W had to use these things ALL the time..the template was Bush was an idiot and needed someone to tell him what to say..this article says the same thing about Obama but without any smarky comments..
No, not from Costco but what he is bringing I think he got a good deal on.
Will he bow? He is after all probably a British Subject. Perhaps he will receive secret instructions?
nice point but imho this kind of stuff is the STUFF of DISTRACTION by the MSM :)
It is not that he has to read the script, if he were writing it. Who is the brain behind the prompter? The Uh-man BO cant put two sentences together. Every one gets upset when a singer lip-syncs a song recorded by them in a studio, but do we know who is really scripting the puppet-pres.
Some people have mirrors on their bedroom ceiling...the Obamas teleprompters.
worse yet is that guy Gibbs/ the WH Press Secretary , now , everytime (he’s on all the time) I see him he’s like so much waaaaaaaaay into detail about what the next move is, now, correct me if I’m wrong but is this normal procedure for the 1st 100 days or not? this guy goes overboard in his explanations of “why this and why that’,( etc... etc... etc...as the King of Siam said to Anna)
Good post potlatch!
Thanks devolve. Amazing that this wonderboy can’t speak without tele-prompters.
There is a whole thread devoted to poking fun at this teleprompting commie asshat. Click on the picture to join in on the fun!
That’s funny! ;o)
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, save for ones that reflect badly on him ,i.e. I can no more disown Rev. Wright than my own grandmother..
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.
If you have a 5 minute press conference and you can take 4.5 minutes to answer a question you planted in the first place to make you look good at the get go, you can manage the info and the news. It also makes you look open to the public even if you are only allowing the questions you want. They are a sharp box but only crayons and invisible ink.