Apparently President Obama's teleprompter now has a Twitter feed; You can read it here. The device calls itself TeleprompterOne. Some excerpts:
Good Evening My Fellow Americans! The interview with Jay went great. I got to meet Jay's Teleprompter. She's cute. . . .Peggy Noonan has thoughts on why this meme has become so popular:
Every morning I do a "pre-scroll" basically it's an allotment of "Uh's" that the President is allowed to use throughout the day. . . .
Someone tripped over my plug - I was offline for several hours. How did President Obama do without me?
Such impressions—coolness, slightness—can come to matter only if they capture or express some larger or more meaningful truth. At the moment they connect, for me, to something insubstantial and weightless in the administration's economic pronouncements and policies. The president seems everywhere and nowhere, not fully focused on the matters at hand. He's trying to keep up with the news cycle with less and less to say. "I am angry" about AIG's bonuses. The administration seems buffeted, ad hoc. Policy seems makeshift, provisional. James K. Galbraith captures some of this in The Washington Monthly: "The president has an economic program. But there is, so far, no clear statement of the thinking behind the program."Why, indeed?
This in part is why the teleprompter trope is taking off. Mr. Obama uses it more than previous presidents. No one would care about this or much notice it as long as he showed competence, and the promise of success. Reagan, if memory serves, once took his cards out of his suit and began to read them at a welcoming ceremony, only to realize a minute or so in that they were last week's cards from last week's ceremony. He caught himself and made a joke of it. One was reminded of this the other day when Mr. Obama's speech got mixed up with the Irish prime minister's. Things happen. But the teleprompter trope has taken off: Why does he always have to depend on that thing?