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4/27/2009

Obama’s Teleprompter Fails Again

Filed under: General,Obama — Patterico @ 9:53 pm

I can’t seem to embed the video, so I’ll drive the traffic to Hot Air, where I saw it.

Amusing and pathetic.

89 Responses to “Obama’s Teleprompter Fails Again”

  1. That was very awkward. Maybe we should elect an actor instead?

    carlitos (23eb68)

  2. You forget one of Rush’s Rules of Life:
    Politics is show-business for less attractive people.
    This one seems to have as much talent as Hollyweird types display during Congressional hearings when they don’t have the advantage of a script.

    AD (087ff1)

  3. Has our nation fallen so far behind that we cannot build a machine to feed our president an uninterrupted stream of insipid platitudes and demented scientific McCarthyism?

    Glen Wishard (02562c)

  4. Has our nation fallen so far behind that we can’t elect a leader who actually can do something other than read from a teleprompter?
    Is he the King of Marionettes?
    Who is Giapetto?
    If we are truly tested, what can we expect?

    AD (087ff1)

  5. After enduring eight years of the unrelenting criticisms of President Bush’s gaffes, it is indeed, entertaining to watch President Obama’s inability to ad-lib off the teleprompter.

    Nonetheless, from a historical perspective, President Obama will be remembered as glib while President Bush will be remembered as a bumbler.

    And, all that matters is the performance, not the actions.

    Ag80 (b19e67)

  6. President Obama said, “I’m sorry that the words “free and open inquiry” already have a meaning, and you can’t just take it to mean whatever you want.”

    Which is exactly why I oppose gay marriage. The word “marriage” already has a meaning and you can’t just take it to mean whatever you want. I knew I would find a few things about President Obama I would like.

    tyree (5bef7a)

  7. Good grief!

    voiceofreason2 (08d807)

  8. New meaning of an “empty suit”. People, pray hard for this country.

    krusher (0843a4)

  9. TOTUS must be mad at POTUS over something. TOTUS better be careful, getting thrown under the back of the bus cannot be any fun.

    JD (0da435)

  10. Never fear, the ever-vigilant press will tell the public the unmitigated truth about Obama.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  11. This guy is hopeless. You’d think a man touted by his supporters as one of the most intelligent Presidents ever would at least practice high-school level public speaking preparation by having note cards or an outline ready, in case stuff like that happens. I’ve never seen any public official so technology-dependant, and this man is supposed to be the top of the Democratic food chain and de facto leader of the free world.

    He can’t speak extemporaneously? Not that big of a deal–not all Presidents can be Reagan or Clinton, who were masters at it. But for all the Obama/Lincoln comparisons, at least Honest Abe was smart enough to have a script on hand for the Gettysburg address.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  12. Another infestation today?

    Five dollar man – what President are you suggesting could not read?

    JD (0a78bf)

  13. Great post:

    This guy is hopeless. You’d think a man touted by his supporters as one of the most intelligent Presidents ever would at least practice high-school level public speaking preparation by having note cards or an outline ready, in case stuff like that happens. I’ve never seen any public official so technology-dependant, and this man is supposed to be the top of the Democratic food chain and de facto leader of the free world.

    He can’t speak extemporaneously? Not that big of a deal–not all Presidents can be Reagan or Clinton, who were masters at it. But for all the Obama/Lincoln comparisons, at least Honest Abe was smart enough to have a script on hand for the Gettysburg address.

    Comment by Another Chris — 4/28/2009 @ 7:39 am

    .

    Vermont Neighbor (539e49)

  14. I’m glad Another Chris is impressed that Lincoln was smart enough not to rely on his teleprompters. That has to win the prize for the most intelligent piece of literature in the history of written word.

    Thank you for admitting that Obama is not smart enough to plan ahead for something as simple as a prepared speech. That certainly speaks volumes about his ability to run the country, and to your ability to be honest.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  15. Frankly, I am just pleased we have a president who knows how to read.

    Wow–you hear about the soft bigotry of low expectations all the time, but it’s rare to see it actually applied to the Smartest President Ever.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  16. The Obots are paid to swarm in and change the topic. Diversion.

    Vermont Neighbor (539e49)

  17. Great post in that he spelled dependent wrong? Another Chris(t) made a few mistakes here. First he inferred that Lincoln used a teleprompter, and second he can’t spell.

    Since the inferrence is one of your own creation, your reading comprehension is apparently not as sharp as your spell-checking skills.

    Thank you for admitting that the Smartest President Ever is utterly worthless without a TV screen telling him what to say.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  18. The Obots are paid to swarm in and change the topic. Diversion.

    Of course they are trying to change the topic, but I think you give them too much credit to imply that they are paid to do so. They are demonstrating their applications of illogic and fallacy for free.

    Still doesn’t change the fact that the President gets caught flat-footed whenever his scroll malfunctions. That the lefties are praising him for a skill that everybody learns how to do by the first grade is remarkably pathetic.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  19. Million Dollar Putz: Are you as interested in the failure of a President? Or just when it helps your cause?

    Vermont Neighbor (539e49)

  20. So you ripped me for an inference then made the same mistake in the very next sentence? Are you being ironic or are you just plain stupid?

    Thank you for admitting that the Smartest President Ever is utterly worthless without a TV screen telling him what to say. I realize that it breaks your heart to deal with the fact your boy sounds like bumbling, stuttering fool without his TV, but the sooner you learn to accept it, the easier it will be.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  21. Chris, I’m thinking ACORN. $6 billion.

    Plus the fanatics guzzling for free.

    Vermont Neighbor (539e49)

  22. You guys are arguing with someone who, when prompted, claimed that “All the Republicans” (presidents) couldn’t read. Just let it go.

    carlitos (23eb68)

  23. Comment by carlitos — 4/28/2009 @ 10:02 am

    Yes. It’s sort of tragic and scary and predictable, what’s happening with this wannabe actor.

    Vermont Neighbor (539e49)

  24. AC: The sooner you accept your own mediocrity and neuter yourself, so as not to corrupt the world with your stupidity, the better.

    Thank you for admitting that your Plastic Messiah is an utter incompetent without his teleprompter. The fact that you have to resort to telling me to sterilize myself indicates you are coming closer to understanding and accepting this. Kudos to you. Just note that in the grieving process, the next step is negotiation.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  25. RethugliKKKans are Teh Stoopid. Neuter yourselves. Learn how to read, you wingnut dead-enders.

    Million Dollar Baby ought to ask for a refund. You got ripped off.

    JD (0a78bf)

  26. Thank you for illustrating that you can’t write a sentence that deviates from the “Thank you for admitting [insert absurd inference here]… blah blah blah”.

    Are you using mad libs?

    Thank you for demonstrating that you still can’t refute that Obama is an incompetent boob without his TV telling him what to say. Looks like you still haven’t quite gotten to that “negotiation” step just yet.

    Million Dollar Baby ought to ask for a refund. You got ripped off.

    You would think that Axeldope would at least send us a leftist tapeworm that could provide evidence that Obama isn’t a complete dope when his teleprompter hits the skids, but alas, that was not to be. Instead we get absurd ad hominems that stubbornly refuse to engage the President’s helplessness in the face of technological breakdown. Perhaps we will have better luck next time.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  27. Astrotwoofers rule !!!!

    JD (0a78bf)

  28. ^ Calling it. Love 2008 online.

    Vermont Neighbor (539e49)

  29. I don’t know who Axeldope is. Is that what you plan to smoke after you neuter yourself in order to alleviate the pain? Please say yes!

    From the substance-free content of your posts, it appears that there is a great deal that you don’t know, save for self-sterilization. That might explain why you are so angry.

    Please provide opposing evidence that Obama doesn’t turn into a incompetent boob when his teleprompter shuts down, if you can get over the anger of having sterilized yourself. I won’t blame you if that isn’t possible.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  30. Another Chris – Mock and scorn. Point and laugh. That is all it is worth.

    JD (0a78bf)

  31. Ya know, the person using the moniker “million dollar man” chose a very apt moniker. WWF, while wholly fake, depended on many fools who believed it was real.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  32. Nothing like a little totalitarianism from our Leftist friends.

    JD (0a78bf)

  33. I am willing to provide you with a lifetime supply of conception-prevention devices if you promise to use them (that is, if you are not planning to cut it off altogether, which is suggestion).

    Why would you have any in stock when you already sterilized yourself? That’s hardly a wise investment when you won’t even be using the product.

    Perhaps you can post some pics of your own admitted self-sterilization to show us how you accomplished it. The ones showing massive blood loss should prove particularly amusing.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  34. Oh, and please find evidence that Obama does not turn into a stuttering boob when his teleprompter breaks down. Politico keeps track of these things so you might find some gems there.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  35. if you were reading something from either a piece of paper or a teleprompter, and that source was taken from you

    Wait, someone walked up to some President’s podium and swiped the hard-copy speech that President was reading from?

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  36. “…My guess is that it has something to do with his ideology, and really nothing to do with the subject that you choose to argue…..”

    Sort of like the scintillating and nonpartisan: “…Frankly, I am just pleased we have a president who knows how to read…

    Projection seems to be characteristic of Our Little Trolls.

    Eric Blair (33cc23)

  37. And whoever called Lovey, I say that’s a 70 percent likelihood.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  38. And whoever called Lovey, I say that’s a 70 percent likelihood.

    I’d say 85%. Perhaps we should start a pool?

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  39. I do not think it is lovie. It is but another in a long and inglorious line of drive-by’s. It will hang around for a bit, calling names, threadjacking, and otherwise acting mendoucheous, and will either amp up the vitriol (beyond calls for forced sterilization) and be banned, or will crawl back under its rock. It reminds me more of Magic Dog.

    JD (0a78bf)

  40. Off the self-sterilization argument and back on target ….. IMO, Obama does not even look at the speech before attempting to read it from TOTUS. This is obviously why he has so much trouble. He has no clue what he is saying or why he is saying it.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  41. Whatever happened to goatf____r2008, anyway? Was she banned?

    nk (343b4e)

  42. Are you also suggesting that if you were reading something from either a piece of paper or a teleprompter, and that source was taken from you without warning, that you would not skip a beat?

    Why not? Sarah Palin managed to do it during the RNC when the teleprompter took a dump. If Obama can’t even display the same degree of extemporaneous public speaking skill as some “breeder snowbilly,” perhaps he should be better prepared for these kinds of contingencies. Especially for something so basic as making a public speech, which we all learn in high school. As I said before, this guy is the top of the Democratic food chain and our national leader, and it’s ridiculous that he ends up looking like a goofball when his TV screen goes on the fritz.

    Being surprised is one thing, but Obama has shown a distinctive lack of ability to present his thoughts in any coherent form without having that security blanket in front of him, time after time after time. Even Politico has pointed out this dependence, and one would think that someone as supposedly intelligent as Obama would identify a key weakness in his public persona and correct it or adapt. That he hasn’t bothered to do so shows an understanding that his supporters and the press won’t call him on it, despite eight-plus years of documenting every single one of Bush’s malapropisms.

    My guess is that it has something to do with his ideology, and really nothing to do with the subject that you choose to argue

    If this was Bush, you wouldn’t be trying to deflect statements of naked partisanship onto the posters here. You’d be rightfully slamming him for sounding like a nincompoop, and further stating that this was evidence that he was a complete idiot.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  43. Another Chris – The Philadelphia debate towards the end of the Dem primary was a perfect example of how poor Barcky is at speaking “off-the-cuff” as his answers were full of gaffes, blunders, inconsistencies, etc … Someone has posted a link to the transcript of that debate previously, and it is interesting to see how his positions morphed up to that point, and how they have morphed since. Just look at Iraq, listening to the Generals, capital gains, etc …

    His statements cease having meaning the moment they pass over his lips, or as another said, all his statements come with expiration dates.

    JD (0a78bf)

  44. I don’t know who Axeldope is

    Of course you don’t, ten cent head. But please continue demonstrating your brilliant intellect on display here:

    also suggesting that if you were reading something from either a piece of paper or a teleprompter, and that source was taken from you without warning

    Is this suddenly an Oliver Stone movie, where there’s a deep and dark conspiracy against The Messiah? Look, someone darted out and stole his text! Grassy Knoll! Back…and to the left, back…and to the left! Quick, man the barricades, black helicopters on the horizon! Rovian mind – control death rays coming through my tinfoil hat! Twoofer! Eleventy! Wraaack!

    so as not to corrupt the world with your stupidity,

    Keep in mind, this is same commenter who posted his own inane screed not once, but twice. Mad computer and literacy skillz you got there, ten cent head.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  45. mac and cheese:

    Who is alexdope? Are you referring to Alexrod? Because axeldope is not the same as Axelrod.

    Go ahead and add yourself to the list of people who should castrate themselves. I’ll supply the rusty knife.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  46. This one really has mad people skills. It knows how to win friends and influence people, to be sure.

    Sadly, people like $20 french whore, ASPCA, timmah, Peter and the rest tend to crowd out the reasonable opposition from the likes of Leviticus and aphrael, and even Doug (until he went all Denialist on everyone).

    JD (0a78bf)

  47. You define reasonable opposition as those who agree with you on almost everything. I have seen ‘reasonable opposition’ and they are all just spineless centrists.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  48. Ah, the misnamed “million dollar man” channels the usual Bolshevik refrain about anyone that fails to toe the radical line.

    SPQR (72771e)

  49. And SPQR throws out his 2-cents in between make out sessions with his uncle.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  50. Because axeldope is not the same as Axelrod.

    “And I am EDUMACATED!” I weep for our public schools today, particularly the graduates from the Short Bus like our own ten cent.

    2-cents in between make out sessions with his uncle.

    Normally at this point I’d ask ten cent to look up the word projection, but he’s displayed an unfailing tendency to read while his lips are moving.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  51. Mac and Cheese: Why don’t you tell us all what projection is? It is your word, after all. Everybody on here needs a word. Some use meme, some use canard, yours is a bit more elementary, but no less useful.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  52. Dmac, he made me cry ’cause my uncle’s been dead for 10 years.

    SPQR (72771e)

  53. Go ahead and add yourself to the list of people who should castrate themselves.

    Spoken like a true Eunuch.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  54. Everybody on here needs a word

    I wholeheartedly agree – we will now name you Eunuch, for although your cranial capacity is quite low, that voice just knocks ’em dead when you open for the Jonas Brothers.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  55. Why are you telling mac and cheese that, SPQR? Are you 12 years old?

    Dmac: Anything that helps the spread of your canards or memes… am I right or am I right? You are sooo using projection. Or is it a strawman? It is time for you guys to change the record. I’ve listened to this one before and it wasn’t good the first 18 times.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  56. No, “million dollar man”, I’m not your age.

    SPQR (72771e)

  57. I know you are, but what am I? You’ll have to teach me how to argue like a middle-schooler…. it has been a while since I have dealt with one.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  58. Why don’t you tell us all what projection is?

    Translation – “I don’t know what that word means.”

    Until he walks off stage or curls up in the fetal position

    And still more projection on display.

    and that source was taken from you without warning

    Still waiting for the evidence for this claim, Eunuch – better hop to it.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  59. You use it a lot for not knowing what it means, mac and cheese.

    Let me translate that into your language:

    U uze it alot fer not no-in’ wut it meens.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  60. am I right or am I right?

    I think I saw this argumentative technique used on an old episode of Hee – Haw. Something about a huge fat guy jumping out of bales of hay, screaming “I smell Skunk!”

    Eunuch knows stuff – because he tells us so.

    you are sooo using projection

    This sounds like a twelve year old – or similar language, at least. Wonder if he’s on Spring Break.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  61. Eunuch, your mom is calling for you to come upstairs for your Jell – O, and please clean out the litter box before you wash your hands.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  62. Let me translate that into your language

    Sorry, I don’t speak the language of adolescents -or mongoloids.

    U uze it alot fer not no-in’ wut it meens

    Check that – I don’t speak the language of adolescents pretending to be gangstas from da ‘hood.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  63. “million dollar man”, you’ve shown with your behavior in thread that you do in fact know how to argue like a middle-schooler already. And if you have not dealt with one for awhile, its only because you don’t talk to yourself.

    So grow up.

    SPQR (72771e)

  64. So, which one is the $20 french whore sock-puppeting?

    JD (0a78bf)

  65. Always liked those kids – catchy song, too.

    Dmac (1ddf7e)

  66. They’re about as good live as the TOTUS is.

    danebramage (700c93)

  67. Frankly, I am just pleased we have a president who knows how to read.

    Obama reads. He just doesn’t read the $1T in Murtha vanity airport bills he signs.

    Roy Mustang (9deca0)

  68. The sad thing is that George W Bush was and is an avid reader. He married a librarian, for pete’s sake. Even liberal opinion columnists admit this, if they disagree with some of his book choices. Yet the image of Republican-as-dolt continues apace, as it has for years. This won’t change with many getting their “news” from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

    carlitos (23eb68)

  69. carlitos – Teh Narrative must be serviced.

    JD (0a78bf)

  70. I find Ann Coulter to be a bit … strident for my taste, but she is a much better writer than speaker. I read one of her books a while ago, which showed the media coverage over guys like Ike and Ford, and it is the same old shtick. No matter what, the Republican must be dumb. While contemporaneous media portrayals of Clinton or Gore marveled that they might just be “too smart” to be President. Bubba > Dubya

    carlitos (23eb68)

  71. am I right or am I right?

    I think I saw this argumentative technique used on an old episode of Hee – Haw. Something about a huge fat guy jumping out of bales of hay, screaming “I smell Skunk!”

    Actually, I got it from the movie “Groundhog Day”.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  72. Well, we’ve been graced by Phil.

    AD - RtR/OS! (1d70e4)

  73. Groundhog Day is a brilliant film. Some of the commentary here is not so brilliant.

    carlitos (23eb68)

  74. How true, Carlitos.

    tyree (5bef7a)

  75. Groundhog Day is a brilliant film.

    That’s one of those movies in which I marvel at the way a combination of very talented people (scriptwriters, directors, film crew, etc) result in a classic. Sort of the flip side to so many facets of — and people in — the Obama White House.

    As for the current president’s gaffes with the teleprompter, they wouldn’t be so laughable if Obama (1) weren’t lauded by so many — certainly in the MSM and among the public — for being such a great speaker, if he weren’t (2) characterized by many people as being such an uplifting (ie, charismatic) politician, and if he weren’t (3) such a bonehead when it came to understanding basic etiquette, such as knowing enough not to bow before the king of Saudi Arabia and yuk it up with the tin-horn dictator of Venezuela.

    Mark (411533)

  76. Mark:

    Bush too tried the ‘be a complete d-bag to everyone in the word’ foreign policy approach, and his approval rating was 0.0000004% (basically the commentators on this site, minus me). Obama is trying the ‘do things in a nun-d-baggery way’ approach. I like it. So does Europe. So do way more than 0.0000004% of the population. I guess you’ll just have to bite your thumb, tear your robes, and deal for a few years (at least 3 more, probably closer to 7-8, and possibly even 16. :-)

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  77. “million dollar man”, your utter ignorance of the Bush administration’s many foreign policy successes is not amusing.

    SPQR (72771e)

  78. Killing people is not a success, you ignoramous.

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  79. The $20 french whore should be able to substantiate that the commenters here were the only Bush supporters, and it should also be easy to show a plethora of positive results, not feelings, for all of the known universe now loving all things America.

    JD (870a39)

  80. $20!
    Is that an Obama-inflated figure from the “2-bit whore” label his content would merit?

    AD - RtR/OS! (2736a1)

  81. “million dollar man”, you really are a moron. The Bush administration put together an international consensus on stopping the underground movement of funds to support terrorism. An international cooperation unrivaled since WWII and wildly successful. And you are clown who does not realize it.

    The Bush administration turned the government of India from a rival whose foreign policy was explicitly based on opposing the US into an ally.

    And you are a clown who does not realize it.

    The Bush administration forged unprecedented alliances with several former Soviet Republics to aid in the fight against terrorism and you are a clown who is utterly ignorant of it.

    SPQR (72771e)

  82. Did they help the Taliban build back up to it’s current status, or help stop what is currently going on in Pahkistan? Of course not. But, they shut down an account or two and the admin’s biggest cheerleaders wet their spankies. Could you be any more obvious?

    the million dollar man (7906b8)

  83. What a foocking imbecile. This is one of those “the enemy of the good is the prefect” clowns.

    JD (870a39)

  84. We are still waiting on you to list all of the substantive foreign policy victories Barcky has secured with his anti-douchebag campaign. Surely, Europe ponied up lots more troops for Afghanistan. North Korea shut down its missile launch? Iran quit trying to go nuclear? The entire EU got on board with the worldwide “stimulus” plan?

    JD (870a39)

  85. “million dollar man”, that’s all you got? An account or two?

    You really are a clown. The international cooperation on shutting down money laundering has been so successful is demonstrated by a lot of events. But the most dramatic in the news has been the numerous times that the palestinian bagmen have been caught with briefcases full of cash.

    You really are a clown.

    SPQR (72771e)

  86. In spite of the elected one, the american people will survive.
    Still repeating the same things as said in debates. I can almost mimick the words with him, every time Obama speaks.

    jjs (bb16ee)

  87. The smartest President ever? He much like his constituency have an IQ hovering just above Corky. This bungling, useless traitor has single handedly caused every financial and economic problem in this world. I wouldnt let him run a lemonade stand. Obama is the weakest leader in the history of the world. They offed Kennedy for a lot less

    DW (2e6f3c)


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