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But I thought he was Mr. Eloquence!

Looks like Uh-Bama's handlers have decicded that they're tired of his many, many, many, many, many gaffes. I guess they were tired of all the gaffes and faux pas or something, sick of all of the uh's, um's, and you know's, the st-st-st-stammering... just wishing they could have their Great Orator back. So what's the solution? A traveling teleprompter!

It appears Barack Obama's teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail.

The Democratic presidential nominee has never tried to hide the fact he delivers speeches off the device, though normally he doesn't use one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events.

But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday -- making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.


But... but... but... I thought he was Mr. Eloquence! I thought he was a great speech giver like John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan! Surely, surely, he doesn't need a teleprompter on the campaign trail with him... does he?

This is such a letdown. I don't think I've been this heartbroken since I found out that NOW doesn't support Sarah Palin. It's just that shocking.

Hat Tip: My colleague Warner Todd Huston at Stop the ACLU


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This one may shoot laser be... (Below threshold)
epador:

This one may shoot laser beams out at hecklers too.

The debates will be interes... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

The debates will be interesting. On the one hand we have McCain who is awful reading off the teleprompter, but great on his feet. Then we have the messiah here who doesn't know a thing and can't give a gaffe-free speech without it.

Just google "Obama Bristol ... (Below threshold)
Chip:

Just google "Obama Bristol Va Speech gaffe" and you'll hear and possibly see why they need a traveling teleprompter.

Cassy you should try to embed that video here.

So is "President" Obama goi... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

So is "President" Obama going to travel the world with such a device, or will they implant some type of cool, Mission Impossible device in his ear? (And will George Sosros have time to constantly feed him lines?)

TP won't do him a damned bi... (Below threshold)

TP won't do him a damned bit of good in the debates and McCain will cream him. And if Biden tries his usual snarky pseudonice full on nastiness with Sarah Palin, he will find out what it feels like to be streaking across the tundra with a big juicy steak ducttaped to his butt - but then why poison the wolves, eh?

He's a puppet and has to ha... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

He's a puppet and has to have the steadying hand of his advisers to keep from going off message and totally screwing it up.

Obama's campaign: honest ab... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Obama's campaign: honest about their candidate using a teleprompter.

Palin's campaign: pack of liars.

"But... but... but... I tho... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

"But... but... but... I thought he was Mr. Eloquence!"

Oh, he is, as long as he has the teleprompter to read.(A teleprompter at a Rodeo is like a Bull with no Nuts.)

This is brought to you by the same people who almost nominated the worst politician in the world in 1980(Edwardt Kennedy)of of the water retriever breed. He was barely beaten back; He barely lost to the second-most worst politiian of that era.(Jimmy Carter) JC was among the most un-inspiring politicians ever to tell you that increasing taxes and turning control of your life to the Federal Government would make you, your family and your dull existence(if you believed him) a paradise brought to you by the democrat party forcing Federal Laws on you.

I just hope more people take a look at this Charlatan(Obama) and realize That there is nothing there. He is a continuation of things past, and all that the democrats have for the future.

There seems to be a very co... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

There seems to be a very common psychosis on the left.

I've noticed it in each of the last 3 presidential election cycles. When the vile attacks the left uses don't work, they resort to calling everyone on the right liars. Everything they say is "lies, lies, lies". It's a fairly sure way to tell that they have run out of even their made up smears.

Of course this aspect of the force runs particularly strong in some of them (ahem, Lee Ward, ahem). In these, the psychosis manifests itself on a near continual basis. I distinctly recall Mr. Ward's daily rantings on Wizbang proper before he was banished to Blue.

Oh, and Cassy, don't call him Shirley. That would be sexist. ;-)

hyper... how many times are... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper... how many times are you going to link that thin gruel? Or was that someone else.

In the end it matters little, everyone uses a teleprompter. But I sure would like to see someone show me where anyone has used a "traveling one."

Plenty to criticize Obama a... (Below threshold)
RB:

Plenty to criticize Obama about, and this one is mildly amusing. But in fairness to Obama: I attended a McCain-Palin rally last week in Pennsylvania, and both candidates used a teleprompter during the rally.

At least Obama does not mak... (Below threshold)
Dave:

At least Obama does not make up stories of the teleprompter breaking and having to wing it.

Palin from a speech today repeating another lie that has already been proved false.

"There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me. The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn't follow it, and I just decided I'd just talk to the people in front of me"

The teleprompter did not break

Dave,That's essent... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Dave,

That's essentially the same story hyperBS linked in his comment.

Everyone on the right is a liar now. Is that today's talking point?

Typical lefty response: "Pa... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

Typical lefty response: "Palin/McCain use cue cards and can't speak unless they have a teleprompter" (insert whiny liberal voice along with that)

And to prove a point, not that anyone but me will know this, but i typed that, and then went through the comments. Read comment #7. ha.

All i gather from that incoherent ABC blog post is that they seem to be 100% confused on whether or not she did or didn't use a prompter, or whether it did or didn't break.

The simple fact is that Obama cannot speak without a teleprompter. There are no 2 ways around it. Try to spin it, turn it back on Palin or McCain, or whatever, but you cannot change the fact that Obama is not a good speaker without a teleprompter. Uhh uhh uhh uhhh, ya know, uhhh.

He'll make a good Pres-uhhhh-dint.

Palin and McCain get right to the point. They don't have certain questions that are "above my paygrade". They don't try to sound smart and intellectual and sit there and talk about hope, uhh, change, uhhh, McCain is uhhhhh old, uhhh.

I don't think i've ever heard either McCain or Palin stumble or try to sound like they are thinking real hard with or without a teleprompter.

Obama's big problem is that he's trying to be all things to all people and if it isn't right in front of him, he's searching for what to say that won't piss off the crowd thats there. He's always playing defense and trying to mitigate damage and stop the problems before they start. He can't tell us what his real thoughts are because they are so radically left. This actually forces him to really think about what he is saying, thats why there are sooooo many gaffes and sooo many uhhhs and ya knows while he searches for thought. Sometimes it sounds like he cannot even come across a cogent intelligent thought.

example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxBX8sz3tO8

Lefty response: "The crowd was being loud!" But he can speak in a stadium full of thousands of people?

The guy is a sponge. Wright, Ayers, Ivy League have pumped him full of sterotypes and cliches and he just recites them etc..

This man is a complete empty suit.

SY Bouty - "Everyone on... (Below threshold)
marc:

SY Bouty - "Everyone on the right is a liar now. Is that today's talking point?"

When hasn't it been todays, yesterdays, a month ago, a year ago, 2004 (nov.) 2000 (nov.) etc....... talking point?

But DAMNED if the liars don't keep getting elected to the WH. (As opposed to Gore, and Kerry who would *never* lie)

Uhh, hmm, ahh, uhh, hmm, ah... (Below threshold)

Uhh, hmm, ahh, uhh, hmm, ahh, well, I do not, uhh, know, uhh, how he does it without, uhh, the prompter!

You have to be kiddi... (Below threshold)

You have to be kidding, the national association of gals -n.a.g.- is against Governor Palin?
Horrors!

I'd love the chance to fidd... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

I'd love the chance to fiddle with Obama's teleprompter systems and change any words at my leisure. I'd like to see if Obama would do as I suspect - read the wrong words without hesitation and not realize his error until it was too late.

There's the typical polit-s... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

There's the typical polit-speak dissembling; there's murky half-truths; and then there's claiming your teleprompter broke and you had to wing it, when that did not happen.

Hillary Clinton did not come under fire when she got off a helicopter, and she was rightly ridiculed for making that assertion. Sarah Palin's teleprompter did not break, but it's merely a Democratic talking point to point it out by linking to a corporatist news media stooge's blog.

People lie, and as far as lies go, this one is pretty innocuous. Still, it's a lie, and you folks should grow up and admit it rather than making fun of people who point it out to you.

Says Martin, "Perh... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Says Martin, "Perhaps there were moments where it scrolled slightly past her exact point in the speech.

Sounds like someone who has never used a teleprompter. Having the wrong section of text displayed is worse than having the thing quit altogether.

Palin said "The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn't follow it, and I just decided I'd just talk to the people in front of me. It was Ohio."

Martin confirms this, yet somehow the left thinks this is a lie.

Lets try an experiment. The next time Obama is giving a vital speech will get someone to scrolled slightly past his exact point in the speech and see how he does. Then we'll call him a liar when he says the teleprompter got messed up.

Everyone on the right is... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Everyone on the right is a liar now. Is that today's talking point?

Only according to Fox News and McCain fan Richard Cohen.

And all this after he invented the BlackBerry!

Dave~Sarah Palin n... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Dave~

Sarah Palin never said "it broke". She said it got "messed up" so she did have to "wing it":

Erickson writes that "the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Gov. Palin was in the speech."

Also from the same link you provided, clarifies what "messed up" is:


Erickson writes that the same malfunction happened during Rudy Giuliani's speech earlier in the night. Again, I watched the teleprompter during this speech, and it worked without problem. Giuliani, as is his wont, simply decided to go off-script and add some new lines, such as one attacking Obama for his "bitter" comments.

When a scripting device skips too far ahead to follow, the speaker invariably has to improvise. That is the same thing as "winging it."

Your selective skimming through articles is getting the better of you. You, like Obama, would be utterly lost without a teleprompter.

People lie, and as... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
People lie, and as far as lies go, this one is pretty innocuous. Still, it's a lie, and you folks should grow up and admit it rather than making fun of people who point it out to you.

Jeez, hyper, what the hell are you talking about?! Please re-read your comment before you post it, okay?

LOL... the lefty whines are... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

LOL... the lefty whines are becoming more numerous and ridiculous ("Her teleprompter DIDN'T actually break!... Unfit for VP!")

This makes me smile.

Well, I lead a sheltered li... (Below threshold)
Larry:

Well, I lead a sheltered life. Thank you Cassy, that is the first time I have seen "Uh-Bama."

Okay, on the teleprompter thing. This got talked to death on Blue mainly because Lee had not to that point decided to kick all of those of us who dared to dispute his positions with real fact from credible sources. Note; I do not consider dailykos a credible source unlike some of the folks at CNN.

Lee stated that he is an expert on teleprompters and I believe him, or at least what he said made sense. He stated that it was common for a teleprompter to scroll past where the speaker was because of crown applause. And teleprompter operators are [paraphrasing what he said] trained to deal with it.

Lee was not exactly receptive to the fact that Obama stuttered and got way off base when it happened to him (video proof) and Palin paused for a moment then went right on with what she had to say.

The problem with the Lee Ward's of the world is that they truly believe that those who do not agree with them are evil. I pity people with that mental condition; solipsists. They need help but of course would never seek it. The KGB, an agency not given to sentiment, called his type of zealot, "Useful Idiots."

Can you imagine what it must have been for old Kim Philby to have lived out his life in Moscow as a "Useful Idiot?"

Palin and McCain get rig... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Palin and McCain get right to the point. They don't have certain questions that are "above my paygrade". They don't try to sound smart and intellectual and sit there and talk about hope, uhh, change, uhhh, McCain is uhhhhh old, uhhh.
I don't think i've ever heard either McCain or Palin stumble or try to sound like they are thinking real hard with or without a teleprompter.

You don't uhhh uhhh pay much uhhh attention, do you?

Spiderterry,Uhbama... (Below threshold)

Spiderterry,

Uhbama would probably be like Ron Burgundy in Anchorman, "And I'm Ron Burgundy. Go fuck yourself, San Diego.", and not even realize what he'd said.

If this lame bastard become... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

If this lame bastard becomes President, I will be so damn shocked, and amazed.

Can 50%+1 of the electorate really go for this empty suit???

Can 50%+1 of the ... (Below threshold)
Can 50%+1 of the electorate really go for this empty suit???
Those electoral maps are amazing. A sea of red highlighted by blue borders. Thank God for the Electoral College!
Larry - "Can you imagin... (Below threshold)
marc:

Larry - "Can you imagine what it must have been for old Kim Philby to have lived out his life in Moscow as a "Useful Idiot?"

Go ask Lee "Philby" Ward, he's the closest expert to give some insight.




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