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."Obama is determined to test the Lincoln admonition that you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
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.
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