Friday, March 20, 2009

President Obama's Teleprompter Speaks

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. . . .

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?
Peggy Noonan has thoughts on why this meme has become so popular:
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."

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?
Why, indeed?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why indeed? Because he has nothing to say without it! This is the most ill prepared individual who has ever held the role of President of the United States. This man has accomplished nothing in his career except get elected. He as little understanding of the world around him. Despite his impressive academic credentials he has learned little about almost everything. His ignorance of history, economics, and almost every other important topic that a President should understand is tragic. That is why when he is forced to discuss any of these important topics without his teleprompter he struggles to find any meaningful words much less a coherent thought. Once again the American public has been fooled into thinking that a slick talker is the same as an effective leader. Unfortunately in a democracy we are prone to have to keep relearning the lessons of the past. Fortunately in a democracy we can also correct those mistakes.

Saturday, March 21, 2009 4:52:00 AM  
Anonymous CarlH said...

Wow, Obama's teleprompter is all over the web! They did say that this administration knows how to use the new media, didn't they. TOTUS Blog (for short--and with a perfect logo) is another great send up that's a nice way to at least keep a smile on your face as the administration continues talking its (or the country's)way into a truly fine mess.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I view the telepromptor as assisting with our Presidents' organization. Professionals use tools to maintain topic issues. Should we allow President Obama to speak freely like we did "W"?

One of many examples: "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."

Need I say more?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 6:41:00 AM  

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