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I never realized there was such a thing as …

I never realized there was such a thing as …

a “heavy duty teleprompter.”

From the DC Examiner, on the occasion of Obama’s three-minute announcement of the appointment of a new economic adviser:

President Obama required two heavy-duty teleprompters on Monday during a three-minute speech in which he nominated Alan Krueger to serve as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers.


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Tom Dickson-Hunt | August 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Maybe it’s hardened against EMP, so in case of a sudden nuclear strike he can still deliver an address to the nation.

DINORightMarie | August 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

That has to be the most……unbelievable picture yet (I have other words, but that one will suffice).

He needed a teleprompter to announce a nomination of someone? Does he know how to read – from notes? Did he take public speaking in college? Did he EVER present a case in court? Did he EVER make a speech from notes in ANY venue?!

That picture epitomizes what an empty suit this man is.

2nd Ammendment Mother | August 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I’m trying to figure out how long it’s been since I’ve seen something that big and clunky???? Maybe they had it ‘by the door’ for that incredibly insane Hurricane speech he didn’t get to give?

Really dude…. a 3 minute speech…. anyone think it’s hilarious that he was only allowed to speak for 3 minutes?

Surely our tax dollars should have bought him a more modern device! Perhaps he’s been diverting those funds to the Vacation(s) Fund.

Most notable thing, given Alan Krueger was present and visible near good ole Obama: Alan Krueger was NOT given time to say anything.

What? What part of “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!” don’t we get?

Thank Gawd he didn’t speak on the economy per se … so Wall Street could tank again. Er…maybe that’s why his nibs’ handlers only gave him three minutes.

I wonder: does his prompter prompt “STFU” when his scripted stuff is finished?

You need a heavy-duty teleprompter when you’re a SCOAMF.

Seriously, that s just pathetic.

Somebody please, please hack the teleprompter and insert the words, “I resign effective immediately.”


Well, his supporters have been telling him he needs to be more aggressive and to fight more. What better than to bring in the heavy-duty teleprompters?

Recall that in July 2009, President O’Bonehead was speaking at the White House when one of the teleprompter screens fell off and broke (Some say TOTUS was attempting suicide, others say he was merely trying to escape). Anyway, given the massive bureaucracy instituted since assuming power, the White House’s requisition for a newer, heavier duty teleprompter was not able to be approved until today. The main benefit of this teleprompter upgrade, as far as the President is concerned, is that it can double as a mirror, thus giving him yet another means of gazing upon his spectacularly awesome self.

Ever wondered what the last line or so on the teleprompter says to Obama?

Sorry for being too geeky, but it’s probably a unit that’s bright enough to read in sunlight. The reflective ones would be tough to read outdoors.

    DINORightMarie in reply to billdyszel. | August 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I personally think they used that for 2 reasons:

    – so the wind would’t blow it down/over after the “BBBBBIIIIIIGGGGGG hurricane” and because they are trying to eliminate the teleprompter from photo shots; it’s bad PR at this point. And
    – they used this LARGE monitor so he could see the words, but not have a prompter in the close-up shots; it’s all optics and campaign at this point.

    Just my $.02, but really, can’t the guy just say the name of the person without help? Is he really, REALLY that incapable? (rhetorical question)

    How did he ever get through law school?!? Or all those Project Vote rallies?!? 😉

He doesn’t seem to really be in charge of actually doing anything, does he. Paris Hilton could do this: giving speeches (that someone else writes) via teleprompter; flying to fake bus tour photo ops; pretending to be briefed in Martha’s Vineyard photo ops; waving from the steps of a plane on this or that vacation; going to interesting places like the WH situation room or the weather bureau and doing thoughtful-look photo ops while everyone else is actually working; going on various TV shows to answer the approved questions via teleprompter; modeling on the golf course; swaggering (or sashaying?) down a red carpet in order to announce something via teleprompter; publishing books that someone else writes; cheer-leading for change by giving speeches via teleprompter e.g. exasperated just like the rest of the folks that Congress hasn’t fixed it… It’s a freaking joke. Back during his campaign, and at the beginning of his presidency, his pretending to be doing stuff kept getting serious analysis in the press who thought they saw that he was “signaling” this or that…

    Anchovy in reply to janitor. | August 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Paris Hilton has earned way more money than Obama ever has via free enterprise from people who actually choose to spend the money they earned on her or her products.

    She knows a lot more about business and making money than Obama or any of his economic advisers. And she is a lot easier on the eyes.

      janitor in reply to Anchovy. | August 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      True. And if the election were between Paris Hilton and Barack Obama, I’d vote for her. That’s how confident I am that he’s a zero.

    What actual proof exists that he made it through HL?

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Seriously, what is wrong with this guy?

The Secret Service has to protect Obama’s brain from possible kidnapping and/or terrorist attack. Imagine if some evil genius was able to abduct TOTUS, we’d be defenseless.

The best one yet for me:

A couple of months ago, I was watching a presser Obama was giving at the WH press room. He gave his speech and looked to the right, to the left, to the right, like watching a tennis match, just as he always does.

The camera was showing Obama and the first two rows of reporters when the camera man panned back to show the entire press corp. Off to the side, and behind the rows of reporters, was one BIG TV screen hanging on the wall. A reporter asked Obama a question and Obama started going “Well, uh, I, I, I, uh” as if he was pausing for time. Then script started scrolling down the TV screen where as a viewer, I could actually read the words. Obama was reading from the huge teleprompter in his response to a question from a reporter.

This went on for well over a minute until the camera man (or someone else) realized that the entire nation was watching Obama read an answer to a reporter from a teleprompter. The camera man quickly panned in to show only the first two rows of reporters once again.

Smartest man to ever occupy the Oval Office? Hardly. He can’t even give a speech to 6th graders without three teleprompters.

    el polacko in reply to retire05. | August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    oh thank goodness somebody else saw that…i thought maybe i had imagined it since i had expected it to become a BIG STORY (silly me) and there was not a peep said about it. using a teleprompter for a speech is bad enough but to answer a ‘random’ question from a reporter?! who is actually ‘pulling the strings’??

Have you seen the clip of Biden at the Air Force Academy, when the wind blew over a teleprompter?

He went into a comedy routine. I paraphrase: “Don’t tell Obama!” and “What will he do now?”

That last was the best of them, a clear jab at Obama’s inability to function without a teleprompter.

Good grief, that looks like my parents’ old Sylvania from the 1960’s.

Re: the comment about the pressed and the big TV in tieback of the room. Was someone (Valerie Jarrett?) feeding him the answer?

    “Was someone …. feeding him the answer?” Herm, is that one of those rhetorical questions?

      Aarradin in reply to 49erDweet. | August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

      His first year in office, he was in the WH Press room fielding questions from reporters (one of the very few times he’s done this), and he had a teleprompter. Watching him, his head was moving left/right to the two teleprompter screens – like the audience at a tennis match.

      My question is: what was on the teleprompter and who was typing it in? Assuming he didn’t know the reporters questions in advance, he must’ve had someone in the next room with a headset on that was listening to the questions and typing in responses.

I’ve watched a preacher on YouTube use an iPad for a speech. Not sure why the president needs to use something so big, old, and bulky.

Seems a rather dated technology to use for a guy who prides himself on being hip.

Wait until they “slip” and show the pupit strings!

I brought in the lapton, and set it on the desk adjacent to the desk top monitor-

I brought in 3 mirrors, strategically placed.

Two floor lamps behind, two desk lamps off set in front.

Two cameras positioned 45 degress to each side, set to record 3 minutes of video.

I have Clash of the Titans Soundtrack playing in the background, A Churchill speech playing in the foreground.

Two dog treats on each end of the desk, so the two mutts are sitting at attention, anxious, and alert.

I am now prepared to post the following comment:


They’re outside. That’s the one that runs on propane.

Honestly, I think he needs a teleprompter when ordering pizza.

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