It’s funny looking back on how many times people would give President Bush a hard time on his speaking gaffes. Obama and Biden have had their share too – but…. that only happens when they don’t have their teleprompters with them. Which isn’t often, especially for Obama. He takes his teleprompter every where he goes. Something no other President has done.
Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White House’s stately parlors. They stood next to him on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan. They traveled to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks.
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.
What a chicken in my opinion. I remember reading some liberal blog about how Bush’s speaking mishaps were his whole reason he had no respect for the guy. Not his policies, values, opinions, etc. No, it was this high standard of not messing up words and sentences. Even though ALL people do it, the President of the U.S. was not allowed to be human in this guys eyes. Then I read some article by a British journalist who was the opposite. He said in so many words, that looking past that flaw, he thought Bush was more down to earth, sincere and not trying to look like a politically correct perfect picture. Substance vs. a pretty looking gift.
Obama has relied on a teleprompter through even the shortest announcements and when repeating the same lines on his economic stimulus plan that he’s been saying for months — whereas past presidents have mostly worked off of notes on the podium except during major speeches, such as the State of the Union.
With Obama, he is more concerned with looking and sounding perfect instead of substance. How are you supposed to get better if continue to rely on a crutch?
In a break from his routine, Obama did not use a teleprompter during his pre-Inauguration speech at a factory in Bedford Heights, Ohio — and his delivery seemed to suffer. He paused too long at parts. He accentuated the wrong words. And overall he sounded hesitant and halting as he spoke from the prepared remarks on the podium.
A U.S. President should always use notes of course but doing this makes you lose a connection with people.
“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.”