Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Teleprompted Presidency

Photo: Obama teleprompter Sunrise, FL, before 30 min infomercial

Had George Bush used a teleprompter at a press conference, the media and late night comedians would have had a field day saying how much an idiot and doofus he was, and they did anyways. Equating Bush to a monkey, as the liberals often did for eight years, would not have raised the ire of anyone in the media.

When the current resident of the White House, Resident Barack Obama, used a teleprompter at his first nationally televised press conference earlier this month, the press and jesters said nothing. Even when it was obvious he was using a teleprompter for the opening statement and still was using it when answering the pre-selected reporters with pre-screened questions and looking the fool. Obama was noticeably unsure of answers despite the teleprompter.

The Prowler at American Spectator wrote,

"It looked scripted beyond the scripted part, the speech," says one former communications adviser, who has been feeding notes and suggestions to the White House team and worked with them on the inauguration. "Every president has gone into one of these things knowing that there were some pre-arranged questions or journalists to be called on, but this one was pretty ham-handed."

To that end, he says, the White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. [emphasis added] "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser.

The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.

Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.
Obama is determined to test the Lincoln admonition that you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


The Griper said...

well, indigo, up until now, i'll have to admit he has done a pretty good job of fooling the people but the media does a pretty good job of helping him too.

Mike's America said...

Obama is basically a puppet on a string (or if you prefer: a ventrioloquists dummy) who only mouths the words put out there by some nameless people in the shadows.

I'm not at all surprised by the fact that the press will barely talk about this but that it would be front page news if Bush had done the same.

But you can't fool all the people all the time and people are starting to catch on with Obama.

dcat said...

It's aabout damn time they catch on!

Indigo Red said...

That's right, Griper, "up until now."

The general press is still silent, Mike, but a few reporters are beginning to catch on to the man behind the curtain.

Thank, dcat. Alan Keyes can sometimes go off on a tangent and sometimes he can just go off. This is an excellent clip of what he has in fact said many times about The One.

I like that Keyes refuses to use President. I have refered to Obama as the current resident of the White House. Now I will call him Resident Obama.

dcat said...

BO is what it is!

dcat said...

BO=Body odor! He stinks!