DID YOUR VALEDICTORIAN USE A TELEPROMPTER?

A discussion about President Obama’s strange dependence on the teleprompter popped up on the blog today.

And guess where America’s next great orator brought his prompter today.

President Obama used it to speak to a high school graduating class.

This is unprecedented.That’s why Realclear Politics felt the need to point it out.

I wonder if he uses one to order a pizza.

  • Joe Bunda III

    It amazes me that Bush was labeled as a moron and incompetant. I would bet that the vast majoirty of the folks who made/make that claim voted for Obama. I wonder if those folks regret their vote now or do they just spend their time calling the kettle black. Mr. Obama has shown that he is a very smooth and charismatic individual. Unfortuanatly, it all seems to stop there. He and his administration appear to be clueless on pretty much every challenge that they have been presented with. Moron is a harsh word and nobody makes it to be president if they are a moron so I will just set that one aside, however, when it comes to competance Mr. Bush and his crew run circles around President Obama, his staff and his teleprompter all day long. Apologizes to Obama fans and Bush detractors… I just call ’em how I see ’em

  • Ed
  • InTheMiddle

    This is unprecented. For pointlessness. It is backdoor racism. Plain and simple. If a study is produced outlining how many times presidents used or did not use teleprompters since they were invented, and Obama leads by a wide margin, then maybe, maybe someone has a point. But until then, this is borderline racism. Why weren’t the same questions asked about Bush, Clinton, etc?

    Ryan Seacrest uses a teleprompter on American Idol.

    What does using a teleprompter prove? Honestly. Are the nut jobs trying to prove that he is dumb and needs a teleprompter? Do these same people allow their sons/daughters to date minorities?

    It is complete nonsense.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      He used the teleprompter so much more than previous presidents that it became a major topic of discussion among the media. This guy was sold to us as the smartest guy in the room. The smartest guy in the room doesn’t need to read everything he “says” to you off of a teleprompter. What makes it more of a storyis that he is following a guy whose detractors were constantly making fun of his ability to speak and he DID NOT depend on a prompter nearly as much. I used a teleprompter when I did my sportscasts on TV for a lot of reasons—one big one being to enable the director to read along with me so that he could roll tapes at appropriate times etc. If I had shown up with a teleprompter on the sideline when I was doing a live shot from a high school game, that would have been startling to anybody who knows anything about TV. It would also speak volumes about my ability to grasp facts and communicate them. I made plenty of mistakes with and without the prompter but anybody who knows TV knows the difference between a “talent” who is good on his feet and one who is a “paper mate” and has to have a script. It is no small thing. And your typical playing of the race card is why the next black president will have to be a conservative because it’s becoming apparent that a non-liberal can’t criticize Obama without being accused of being a racist.

      • Barry Whitey

        What does being the smartest guy in the room have to do with using a teleprompter??? Smart is being well prepared and doing well at executing. He’s doing that by preparing for his speeches in great detail and making sure that he is coming across well doing so in front of people. That is smart. Being stupid is not being prepared and looking bad while giving the speech.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Sigh.

          • Markson

            You never have a defense when you are wrong.

          • Jamiacanjammer

            John, you make no sense whatsoever. What does being smart and using a teleprompter have to do with anything??? The guy makes dozens of speeches a week so is he supposed to memorize each one??? Highly doubtful. Most people that give speeches use some form of notes or a teleprompter unless they are doing impromptu speeches, like reporting. If you’ve ever read about his preparation, it is first class. He is involved in all of his speeches and reviews them and practices them thoroughly so that he does not make a mistake while delivering. To me, that is smart. Being dumb is knowing that you are not a good public speaker and still not use a teleprompter.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I didn’t say he was dumb. I said he uses a teleprompter more than any president in history and we were told that he was different and smarter and a great orator. He’s a fraud.

          • Jamiacanjammer

            no no, he never said he was smarter or a great orator. if he was saying it, then i might agree with you. he’s just doing what he’s always done.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            We heard all during the campaign how refreshing it would be to have a great speaker as president. He’s just another hack politician. That’s all. Not a bad guy. Not stupid. Just a fraud and in way over his head.

          • InTheMiddle

            Fraud=does not look like the past presidents and has a funny sounding name. It’s really that simple. If you say Bush is a fraud, ok, I will grant you some leeway on this. If not, you know the drill…

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            That’s right. I forgot. I’m a racist. Forgive me.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      He used the teleprompter so much more than previous presidents that it became a major topic of discussion among the media. This guy was sold to us as the smartest guy in the room. The smartest guy in the room doesn’t need to read everything he “says” to you off of a teleprompter. What makes it more of a storyis that he is following a guy whose detractors were constantly making fun of his ability to speak and he DID NOT depend on a prompter nearly as much. I used a teleprompter when I did my sportscasts on TV for a lot of reasons—one big one being to enable the director to read along with me so that he could roll tapes at appropriate times etc. If I had shown up with a teleprompter on the sideline when I was doing a live shot from a high school game, that would have been startling to anybody who knows anything about TV. It would also speak volumes about my ability to grasp facts and communicate them. I made plenty of mistakes with and without the prompter but anybody who knows TV knows the difference between a “talent” who is good on his feet and one who is a “paper mate” and has to have a script. It is no small thing. And your typical playing of the race card is why the next black president will have to be a conservative because it’s becoming apparent that a non-liberal can’t criticize Obama without being accused of being a racist.

      • blasto

        Again…all you have to do is watch Obama at the GOP house meeting. If you have an ounce of impartiality then do it. If you just want to continue to spout nonsense then ignore the proof that is a mouse click away.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I think Paul Ryan blew him away.

          • InTheMiddle

            Wrong, Paul Ryan was acted like a civilized human being and engaged in spirited discussion. Something his cohorts in both parties who work in that building are incapable of. We need more of him, Obama, and Biden and way less of the rest.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Paul Ryan actually has ideas.

          • blasto

            Did Obama respond for an hour and a half without a teleprompter..? Basically on the enemies home court.? They could have asked him anything. It’s a simple question John…

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Yes. Answering questions and giving a speech are two different things. It would be kind of hard to use a prompter to answer questions. I never said he wasn’t capapble of speaking without a prompter. The fact that he uses one more than any presisdent in history tells me that HE doesn’t think he’s very good unless he’s reading.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            When Obama holds press conferences, he pre-selects those who shall ask questions. In other words, his press conferences are scripted. I have no idea if former presidents used this tactic, but this nonsense has got to stop. How can we the people get spontaneous answers to questions that are pre-determined. The sad part is is that media are “in” on this farce…

      • Ryan

        Holy hell John! How many times do you have to say it? Your point is that for being the great orator, he uses the teleprompter a helluva lot. There-maybe if somebody else repeats it. How hard is it to understand what you mean?

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

          • Jamiacanjammer

            No, we understand that. What we don’t get is why John was calling him stupid and a fraud for using a teleprompter. He wasn’t the one saying that he was smarter than everyone or a great orator.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Never called him stupid. What’s fraudulent is the selling of this guy as a great orator and Mr Glib.

          • InTheMiddle

            Never said he needs a prompter to order a pizza? You are walking a fine line, JS. You can’t have it both ways. Of course, this is how Hannity, Beck, etc. spew their garbage and then take the holy stance. It is sickening.

            Was Bush a fraud? If no, please cite examples.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            That’s not saying he’s stupid. That’s exaggerating to make a point. I think it’s funny. You know, ha ha ha?
            Bush was never sold as anything different from what he was. He disappointed me because he wasn’t nearly conservative enough. I should have known when he came up with the ridiculous “Compassionate Conservative” routine. I don’t want compassion from the government.

          • InTheMiddle

            Gotcha. Bad joke, bad exaggeration. Point taken. Let’s move on.

            I’m still trying to figure out what Bush was let alone what he was sold as. Was Dicky C a fraud? Surely, your stance on Biden has been noted, but you couldn’t possibly have thought Dicky C as better, right?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I like Dick Cheney. Why wouldn’t I?

  • Sarcastic Sword

    Let me take a wild guess – if GW was dependent on the teleprompter like Obama, he would be made fun of with comments like, “cant he even remember a five min speech” or ” “what kind of role model is he for high school students that he cant even deliver a commencement speech utilizing note cards”………Ive come to accept that the liberal media will never take this guy to task for anything..It pisses me off but I realize its how its going to play out…When a few members of that club like Maureen Dowd started throwing criticism his way last week for the handling of the BP debacle, I almost fell off my chair…..And then to hear that weasel Gibbs was chastising media members to not ask tough questions about it when the cameras werent rolling just galls me…

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      He’s a fraud.

      • Barry Whitey

        A fraud because he uses a teleprompter???? Someone is a fraud because they lie. He’s being prepared and trying to look good doing so. nothing wrong w/that at all.

  • Ken

    Not new. He also used one for a speech a while back in front of an elementary school class.

    His handlers do not want him off script.

  • Paul

    Very strange indeed. If Bush did that he’dbe crucified in the media.
    Maybe he just doesn’t want to do any speech prep at all

  • Barry Whitey

    John, you used a teleprompter every day of your life and you are making comments about Obama using one. That’s kind of sad.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      See my response above. I didn’t drag a teleprompter with me when I went to do a live shot from a high school game. It’s not about using a teleprompter. It’s about his strange OVER DEPENDENCE on it. He’s been sold as Anerica’s next great orator and he knows he can’t live up to the hype without a prompter. It’s no more complicated than that, really.

      • blasto

        tell ya this…Obama didn’t have a teleprompter with him when he went to the House GOP meeting and took and answered every one of their questions for an hour and a half…every one..off the cuff. I did not see George W with a teleprompter while reading MY PET GOAT to a room of 5 year olds for 10 minutes after being told the country was under attack…but he sure could’ve used one to tell him to get off his arse.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Yeah. He should have jumped up and screamed “Run for your lives. We’re under attack!!!!!!” Of course, everybody misses the point on that story, too. The President of the United States should never be reading to a class because he should have NOTHING to do with public education.

          • Markson

            How about “Sorry, something happened and I need to go. I apologize for leaving early.” I think the nation and those kids would understand. Instead he looked like he was trying to pass a fart just sitting there.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            He had aboiurt an 80% approval rating after that so most people seemed to think that he handled the situation pretty well.

          • Jamiacanjammer

            He handled the aftermath of the attacks well, not that moment that he was notified.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Easy for you to say. I think he looked ridiculous BEFORE he got the news. It’s ridiculous for any president to be reading a book to second graders. He was ovbviously aware of the kids and knew he didn’t have to jump up an order an attack within 30 seconds of getting the news. It’s nitpicking.

          • blasto

            No John…you’re correct. He should have just sat there for 10 minutes and pissed all over himself like he did. Of course There is no response between sitting there like a deer in the headlights and shouting WE ARE UNDER ATTACK.!! Your penchant for hyperbole masks your lack of rationale for some…not most, but some.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Does anybody know what was whispered in his ear? Could it have been, “We’re under attack. We’re bringing preparing to leave. Stall for a few minutes and don’t let on that anything is wrong? His approval rating was through the roof in the aftermath of 9/11 so most people seemed to think he did pretty well.

          • Jamiacanjammer

            Actually yes. BEFORE reading to the kids, his staff told him about the first tower. He then went ahead and read anyway. When Andy Card whispered in his ear he said “A second plane hit the second Tower. America is under attack.” That is from the mouth of Card directly. Bush then sat there for another 10 minutes.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            So what?

          • Jamiacanjammer

            you asked the question and i answered it. he knew about it before reading, still went ahead and read. then sat there for 10 minutes looking like a putz while the nation was being attacked. maybe he had to wait for cheney to tell him to get up.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            OK.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            Obama also went to school and read fairytales to kids a while back. While he read from his book of choice, he stood behind a podium that was shielded by bullet-proof glass. Nice touch!!!

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Another good reason to abolish the dept. of education.

  • Sonni Abatta

    He wasn’t the valedictorian, but the keynote speaker. Big difference. Plus when speakers give speeches, they usually use notes. Most cannot afford a teleprompter or else they’d use one.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Most presidents don’t bring teleprompters with them to commencement exercises. You wouldn’t think that America’s next great orator would need one.

      • Barry Whitey

        Do you have facts on the Presidents that gave addresses at high school commencements? Probably not. I was at Bush’s commencement at St. Vincents and he used one.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          This is an observation made by the press corps that sees the president almost every day. It became obvious and it became a topic of discussion. it’s not a big deal. it really isn’t. It’s just an observation. All presidents have used teleprompters. People who have been around a long time are shocked by how much more this guy depends on them. That’s all. I just think it’s interesting that the guy who had a meteoric rise to power based largely on his oratorical skills uses a teleprompter so much that it became a topid of discussion among the D.C> press corps.

          • InTheMiddle

            Sigh.

          • Chad Farthouse

            This is ridiculous, petty nitpicking John. Where does this come from? Where is the discussion from the so-called “press corps”? Is it from Fox guys? Or is it some sort of secret inside info? Where is any support for your claims?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            It’s not ridiculous and it would not have become known if not for the discussion among the press corps. They’re the ones who noticed it. Google Barack Obama teleprompter.

  • Alen jackson

    Why is this unprecedented?? I don’t see the big deal. According to a great man “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail”. As someone that gives executive speeches all of the time, there is nothing wrong with planning a good speech and using a teleprompter like he is doing. We use notecards because we don’t have teleprompters. People in the media use them every single day because this is the best way to communicate on camera.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      This all began with the Washington press corps being astounded by his strange dependence on the prompter. It’s not about using it. It’s about being married to it and unable to function without it.

  • Natedogg

    http://kdka.com/local/gas.well.explosion.2.1737072.html

    This is for all of you that keep blaming the gov’t for the oil rig in the Gulf for being too deep. This one is on land. I can’t wait to see your reasons for this one. Sometimes accidents just happen.

  • Natedogg

    You used one every single day of your life at work. What is the big deal??? You either use notes and look down at your notes or talk from the teleprompter. Every politician does it. Get off the man’s back for doing something everyone else does. He just does it a lot better. Maybe that’s why you’re so bitter.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      See my response above. It’s not about using it. It’s about using it so much more than any other president when you’re supposed to be America’s great orator and the smartest guy in the room. I didn’t use it when I did a live report from a high school football game. Obama is doing the equivalent of that.

  • Mike

    And Bush had to have his words phonetically spelled because he lacked command of the English language

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/wacky/jorj-booshs-fo-ne-tik-promt/story-e6frev20-1111114505516

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      That’s what a prompter is for. Every news anchor you’ve ever watched does the same thing.

      • JS

        Furthermore…

        “There was an error made,” Perino told reporters.

        “I don’t know how the draft of the speech that was not final was posted but it was and it was taken back.”

        “Anyone giving a major speech or delivering a broadcast, like on the morning and nightly network news, has phonetics for cues just for the possibility they’re needed,” she later explained.

        So, Obama gets phonetic prompts as well…

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          He’d be nuts not to.