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Republicans mock Obama’s teleprompter use
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Posted on 10/19/2011 2:51:19 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Republicans mock Obama’s teleprompter use By Philip Rucker, Published: October 18

It’s one of the very symbols of the presidency — the ultimate accessory to the ultimate bully pulpit, seemingly trumpeting to all that the words being uttered actually matter.

So why, on the campaign trail, has the teleprompter instead become a symbol of ineptitude, mocked repeatedly by Republican candidates?

Picking up on a theme that has been rippling through GOP circles for two years, Republican presidential candidates are trying to use President Obama’s reliance on teleprompters to deflate one of his biggest strengths — his oratorical skill. If Obama can’t give a two-minute speech without a screen telling him what to say, the critique goes, it’s a sign that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about and can’t be trusted to do his job.

“Obama ruined the teleprompter for the rest of the politicians,” said Fred Davis, a media strategist who advised Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his 2008 presidential run and, until this summer, Republican candidate and former ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.

“If you use it now, you’re like Obama,” Davis said. “It’s a negative because it’s a sign of inauthenticity. It’s a sign that you can’t speak on your own two feet. It’s a sign that you have handlers behind you telling you what to say.”

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Really?
1 posted on 10/19/2011 2:51:24 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
“Oh yeah? Well uh as soon as um the-the-they put it in my tuh tuh telepromter I'm uh really gonna tell you um off!”

—Obama.

2 posted on 10/19/2011 2:59:43 AM PDT by Happy Rain ( "Many of the most useful idiots of the Left are on the Right.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Now why would that be?


3 posted on 10/19/2011 3:00:42 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Sub-Driver

Kinda reminds me of the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz......


4 posted on 10/19/2011 3:04:15 AM PDT by sniper63 (If Obama pats himself on the back anymore, his shoulder will dislocate.....)
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To: Sub-Driver

Independents mock him as well.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 3:08:18 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama's pets in the media just now noticing? LOL!
6 posted on 10/19/2011 3:09:29 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is not nice to mock the Wee Wee

7 posted on 10/19/2011 3:12:07 AM PDT by Zakeet (If it ain't broke, the Wee Wee will fix it until it is)
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To: Sub-Driver

Teddy Roosevelt didn’t need a teleprompter. People need to stop relying on crutches.


8 posted on 10/19/2011 3:13:10 AM PDT by ari-freedom ("Perry: good governor. Romney: Good hair."-Herman Cain)
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To: Happy Rain

He speaks much more smoothly in Arabic; doesn’t even need a teleprompter.


9 posted on 10/19/2011 3:16:20 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: penelopesire

Well done on the upgrade.


10 posted on 10/19/2011 3:16:54 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Sub-Driver
"So why, on the campaign trail, has the teleprompter instead become a symbol of ineptitude, mocked repeatedly by Republican candidates?"

How quickly they pretend to forget. Or how frequently they lie. President George Bush, who didn't like teleprompters, was mocked and called synonyms for intellectually unfit by the media and on late night TV for having used one to give a major speech as president once. Of course, he was ALSO mocked when he used written notes while addressing the nation.

TOTUS is not any sort of symbol for the presidency; it's the symbol of Barack Hussein Obama.

11 posted on 10/19/2011 3:18:32 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Obama: the Unholy Won.)
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To: kearnyirish2
I heard that whenever he stomps on a bug he hollers “Allahu Akbar!”
12 posted on 10/19/2011 3:23:55 AM PDT by Happy Rain ( "Many of the most useful idiots of the Left are on the Right.")
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To: Sub-Driver
You don't need teleprompters when speaking to a first grade class.


13 posted on 10/19/2011 3:27:25 AM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: chemicalman

Gosh, why would any fair-minded person mock that?


14 posted on 10/19/2011 3:35:55 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Happy Rain

Obama needs a teleprompter to answer “yes” or “no”.


15 posted on 10/19/2011 3:37:12 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Sub-Driver

So now a teleprompter is a mark of competence and intelligence?


16 posted on 10/19/2011 3:52:30 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Sub-Driver

The teleprompter always makes me wonder whose words he is reading.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 3:53:40 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Sub-Driver

18 posted on 10/19/2011 3:54:38 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Sub-Driver

He had a 5 minute speech about Lincoln, and he used a teleprompter. Lincoln. He’s black. He was in the IL legislature. In Springfield. 5 minutes. He had nothing.


19 posted on 10/19/2011 3:56:01 AM PDT by steveyp
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To: monocle

Tagline change


20 posted on 10/19/2011 3:57:44 AM PDT by cake_crumb (I'm not racist, I don't like his white half either.)
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To: Sub-Driver
From the Washington Post, Wow!

Rush is right, the left has realized their affirmative action President isn't up to the job!

21 posted on 10/19/2011 3:57:51 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Zakeet

THAT is funny! :)


22 posted on 10/19/2011 3:58:53 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, choosing to not use a teleprompter, if you’re a Republican, is MOCKING the president, who can’t even talk to third graders without using it?

Oratorical skills by definition would exclude the use of a teleprompter. Enunciation skills is what this president possesses, a truly great orator would perhaps use notes to keep on track, but any speech is diminished greatly by having none of it committed to memory.

This whole discussion misses the real reason his speeches should be discounted-he inspires only division among us. He cajoles, he demeans, he talks down to us; in tone and content, he comes across as petulent, angry, and haughty.

No speech that has as its goal to inspire division can rise to the level of great oratory, because no speech that seeks to bring to the surface our most banal urges can possibly take us to a higher plane.

The use of the teleprompter merely symbolizes his ineptitude, his lack of moral authority to lecture us. With his incessant reliance on the word-feeder, Obama becomes the proverbial empty suit, a mere tool of some unknown string-puller.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 4:04:22 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: allmost

Must now go to Attackwatch because of use of words ‘mock’ and ‘him’ meaning the President in the same sentence. Dear Leader must be respected.


24 posted on 10/19/2011 4:04:55 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: taterjay

Do your duty dear brother, the revolution will not be contained.


25 posted on 10/19/2011 4:09:38 AM PDT by allmost
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To: mazda77

26 posted on 10/19/2011 4:54:54 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: TexasCajun

The Washington Post wasn’t running the story to embarrass Obama, but to paint Republicans as petty for criticizing Obama while using teleprompters themselves. The story fails to mention that, after repeated gaffes during off-the-cuff remarks during the 2008 campaign, Obama’s staff made sure that there were teleprompters in front of him for virtually every speech thereafter.


27 posted on 10/19/2011 4:55:40 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: cake_crumb

“So why, on the campaign trail, has the teleprompter instead become a symbol of ineptitude, mocked repeatedly by Republican candidates?”
...........................................................
Because without his teleprompter—Obama is inept.

The teleprompter isn’t inept, the clown that uses it is.


28 posted on 10/19/2011 5:39:12 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: cake_crumb
remember the hidden receiver?
29 posted on 10/19/2011 6:06:45 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: sniper63

Because Dorothy missed him the most, and he really had his brain within him all along?


30 posted on 10/19/2011 6:10:14 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Sub-Driver

So when’s the last time Barry had a full-on press conference?


31 posted on 10/19/2011 6:28:10 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: chemicalman

That pic has always looked fake to me. Do any of our Photoshop experts think so?


32 posted on 10/19/2011 7:01:55 AM PDT by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: taterjay

What I found the funniest is the way he swings his head from one teleprompter to the other, speaking in choppy little phrases.

He lost his speech writer, by the way.

When he’s without his teleprompter, that is when we get 57 States and er, er, eh, er, wait a minute, er, eh, er, er...


33 posted on 10/19/2011 7:22:30 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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