George Bush was cruelly mocked by the media and swarmy late-night millionaires for the occasional misspoken or mispronounced word, and was denounced as a dunce. Now here comes Obama, who apparently can't even speak out loud unless the words are spelled out before him:
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 such luck.
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 president.s have mostly worked off of notes on the podium except during major speeches, such as the State of the Union.
"Less than soaring" is Politico being kind. Ever hear the guy talk without one? Mostly "Uhs", "Ums", and "ahs", with the occasional truth slipping out when he can manage a full sentence, you know, something like his infamous "hey - share the wealth, man!"
And maybe that's why he never leaves home without one. The truth about what he is trying to pull on this nation would destroy him. Can't slip, even for a second. So the teleprompter gets lugged around with him, the psyschological equivilent of an iron lung...