Teleprompter in Chief


The Telepromter in Chief.

President Barack Obama doesn’t go anywhere without his TelePrompter.

The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president’s prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.

Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White House’s stately parlors. They stood next to him on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan. They traveled to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks.

Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter is unusual — not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small.

After the teleprompter malfunctioned a few times last summer and Obama delivered some less-than-soaring speeches, reports surfaced that he was training to wean himself off of the device while on vacation in Hawaii. But no such luck.

His use of the teleprompter makes work tricky for the television crews and photographers trying to capture an image of the president announcing a new Cabinet secretary or housing plan without a pane of glass blocking his face. And it is a startling sight to see such sleek, modern technology set against the mahogany doors and Bohemian crystal chandeliers in the East Room or the marble columns of the Grand Foyer.

“It’s just something presidents haven’t done,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, a presidential historian who has held court in the White House since December 1975. “It’s jarring to the eye. In a way, it stands in the middle between the audience and the president because his eye is on the teleprompter.”

Bush wasn’t a good public speaker. His style was always better suited to small groups than big crowds or television. But at least he was real. At least the words he spoke were his own during press conferences and question and answer sessions.   Barry evidently can’t form a sentence without someone not only writing it for him, but also without cue cards.

And this was the man half the country thought was ready to be president?

It still boggles the mind.

Of course, Hillary Clinton, a woman who I thought would have been better than Barry, isn’t doing so well herself, it seems.

It’s amateur hour, folks.

Hat-tip to Jonolan at Reflections of a Murky Pond for the teleprompter idea/photo.



  1. Lighten up, will ya?

  2. I guess with the right equipment and enough voter fraud, any fool can be president.

  3. I’m trying but when you see your country going down the tubes it’s hard to be light.

  4. I think this IS light! Poking fun at teleprompters and Hilary – keeps our minds off the economy and what a laughingstock our country is becoming around the world. For a minute or 2 anyway.

  5. Yeah, and it only gets worse when the President gives the British PM DVD’s that won’t even work over in Britain!

    It just screams “LAZY!”

  6. I am teleprompter I must be obeyed. I am the power behind the empty suit that claims to be president. He is merely the small minded egomaniac I use to get my message across.

    As long as I toss him the occasional crumb of a television appearance, such as on Leno, he is happy.

    I am teleprompter I rule the nation, teleprompter must be obeyed. I am teleprompter my serial number is 666.

  7. Man you guys are really reaching for things to complain about. Excuse him for being organized.

    • Oh, there’s no end of important things to complain about. My guess is you are mumbling about a dozen or so yourself. Under your breath of course because God forbid you let on that you screwed-up royally electing this guy.

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