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Who's Really in Charge? Obama Always Has His TelePrompter

Who's Really in Charge? Obama Always Has His TelePrompter

President Obama's love for his BlackBerry is well documented, and we know he's had trouble ditching cigarettes. But there's something else he can't just quit — his TelePrompter.

Politico points out that Obama brings his electronic safety net with him to the most peculiar places. The Capitol Rotunda during his six-minute Abraham Lincoln tribute? Check. On the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana? Check.

Perhaps Obama is really just a modern president, using the best tools technology has to offer so he can do his job better. Who needs paper notes when you can look straight into the camera and straight into your speech. Since Obama takes an unusually hands-on approach to his speech writing, do you care that he's TelePrompter dependent?


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kitandkaboodle kitandkaboodle 8 years
Sorry about that, I meant to say, maybe he needs to give it rest and prove he can speak without depending on it.
kitandkaboodle kitandkaboodle 8 years
Seems suspect that he relies on it all the time. Mayb
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Maybe a teleprompter is a good idea after all. What President of the US would actually tell people in the middle of a banking/financial crisis actually choose words like: to "not stuff your money in a matress?" Huh? what? Just like they say about your MasterCard, bring that teleprompter along Mr. President, "don't leave home without it."
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
i don't think being dependent on a teleprompter is a fault. i feel that a speech should be delivered in a way that the person feels most comfortable.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
What's the difference between written notes and a tele-prompter? Obama has to do thousands of speeches, and cannot be expected to remember all of them. He is an inspiring speaker, so I have no problem with him referring to notes - in any form.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
i forgot about the liberal media conspiracy
jackiered jackiered 8 years
you're right gp. If GWB delivered eloquently, our liberal press unfortunately would still have given him a hard time based on ideology. agree Hypno and flutter that everyone benefits when speeches are well delivered. IMO Bush was unable to communicate his message as well because of his style & delivery. I really think he was a very decent and good man but not a great orator.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
A president who is disliked by the press you mean. They are the ones that play up or play down, based on ideology.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
we are a visual society and if our president doesnt appear to be calm cool and collected during a speech than we are going judge him poorly based upon that. a president who is constantly stumbling and stammering over their words, looking down at their notes, does not stand a chance with our fast food society
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I see your point Pamelaxox and speaking for my self I feel the same way no matter how a message is delivered content certainly takes presidency over anything. However, I also understand that not everyone is like me and all to often content can loose traction under an imperfect delivery as we observed all to often with George W. His imperfect way of delivering a message took on it's own persona and literally became a distraction from the message because most were busy making fun of him rather than reading the content. I just think that in their position as President when reaching the minds of people to convince them of their ideology delivery is certainly key to achieving that goal by any means necessary with in reason of course.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
hypno, I follow what you are saying but not sure if I would agree entirely. Delivery is important but if delivery is just as important as content, why not a gorgeous movie star with perfect diction, charisma & stage-training. I believe we are in dire need great leaders with character, experience, honesty & vision. If they have great delivery, that's certainly a plus but not the most important factor IMO
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I don't see what the problem is. Delivery of a message is just as important as the message it self. As long as it is his thoughts being delivered I can care less if he uses a teleprompter, flash cards or notebook paper.
stephley stephley 8 years
No one called reading lines the mark of a good president.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
It seems rather unusual that he relies on a teleprompter all the time but I'm far more interested in the substance of his "message" than its deliverance.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
:fogey: :true:
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Well if reading lines are the mark of a good president, why the heck didn’t we get Martin Sheen, after all Josiah Bartlet was a great president wasn’t he?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Is this really best you can do? Of all the things to criticize him for not memorizing his speeches? Come on.
zeze zeze 8 years
umm...didn't he speak without a teleprompter during the debates? I'm pretty sure he can form sentences and when he meets with people he doesn't have to use his blackberry as a makeshift teleprompter.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
OS, I thought he wrote notes on the bottom of his shoe too..? ;) Honestly, I don't care about this.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Before Obama gives one of his breath-taking speeches, he stays up late the night before and hand writes his own speech by candle light. That's what he always did on the campaign trail, anyway.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Who really cares?
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I agree with you Mich. But also, HOPE and results are not the same thing.
gooniette gooniette 8 years
I think "news" should be about the content of what Obama says, not how he presents himself. Maybe this should be covered on Geeksugar...
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Using notes and a teleprompter are not necessarily the same thing. Notes don't always have the entire speech, sometimes just main points. Anyway, I don't really see why it matters as long as he's actually able to bring it with him everywhere (apparently his speeches suffer without it), and as long as he's capable of having a conversation without prompting. Hopefully nobody voted for him just because they believe he's a wonderful speaker without any help.
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