Without his teleprompter, President Obama's speed dwindles to the proverbial turtle and the "ahhhhhs" are inserted about every tenth word--his pauses are used to gather lost words that will step on the least amount of toes. When he uses a teleprompter the pauses are inserted for their calculated effect on his audience. Also, the charismatic FDR-ish body language is completely absent. Absent too is the Obama who makes women faint and men scream. Thanks LiveLeak for archiving a copy of the video! YouTube cleansed all copies.
The White House has quietly released bid specifications for next-generation teleprompter glasses, according to industry insiders (similar to model pictured here).
The Obama Administration has been talking privately with several manufacturers expected to participate in silent-bids during April 2009 with working prototypes to be submitted during June.
Everyone knows that Barack Obama is lost without his teleprompter, but his latest blunder suggests that the teleprompter may not be enough unless it includes phonetic spellings. In this case, the word "Orion."
Obama was speaking at a White House roundtable on clean energy systems, and repeatedly saluted Orion Energy Systems, whose CEO, Neal Verfuerth, was present at the event. Obama referred to "Orion" a number of times. Only problem was, he appeared to be unfamiliar with the word: (continued)
Remember how Frugal Café covered Pres. Barack Obama’s ridiculous teleprompter blunder on St. Patrick’s Day? That bone-headed gaffe when Obama publicly thanked HIMSELF for being such a gracious host, having the Irish Prime Minister and guests come to his White House St. Patty’s Day party? He didn’t realize for several sentences that he was on auto-robot mode and was reading the speech intended for the Irish PM. If you didn’t read about it, click here: “Ireland Forever! St. Patrick’s Day at the White House”. Hilarious stuff!
From Sky News... A teleprompter blunder led to President Barack
Obama thanking himself as he kicked off a speech at the White House
yesterday with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen.
"First, I'd like to say thank you to President Obama!" said President Obama, who went on to remark that Guinness "tastes different in Ireland" - despite the fact that he has never travelled to the country.
Obama, reading the wrong speech, went on to thank himself before realizing
the mixup. The president has netted some media attention in recent weeks for a
heavy reliance on his teleprompter, reading prepared texts for even the smallest
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