Thursday, March 05, 2009

No, Really?


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 luck.

Now, how much Kool-Aid does one need to drink before being able to say with a straight face that the teleprompter is unusual for a guy with such great oratory?

Isn't that along the lines of the famous head-scratcher "Prison population soars even as crime rate plummets?"

Or like asking, "Why would someone who sings so flawlessly on stage need to lip-synch?"

It's a real puzzle!

The article linked at the post also contains these gems:

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.


Before Obama entered a room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Wednesday to announce his crackdown on defense contracts, a CNN reporter asked an Obama aide if the teleprompter could be moved further away from the podium or lowered. The answer was an unequivocal ‘no.’

“He uses them to death,” a television crewmember who also covered the White House under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush said of the teleprompter. “The problem is, he never looks at you. He’s looking left, right, left, right — not at the camera. It’s almost like he’s not making eye contact with the American people.”

Wednesday’s event posed another scenario photographers and television crews have to work around. Obama had five others join him at the announcement, including Sen. John McCain. The takeaway shot was of Obama and McCain. But the teleprompter on Obama’s left was almost directly in front of McCain.

“You couldn’t get a good angle on him with McCain,” said a White House photographer who also covered Bush. “So if there’s someone else important in the frame, it’s hard to get a shot without the teleprompter.”

Poor things.

And come on, is there really any reason to think that the Messiah is anything more than an affirmative action puppet, but just hasn't himself caught on to the gag?

1 comment:

S M said...

W didn't use a teleprompter to answer questions.
ergo, W is more intelligent than BO.