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White House looks to install new teleprompter

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  1. KingBall

    KingBall New Member

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    Wow! I wonder what the reaction of the press would be if bush did this?

    SCREENING OBAMA

    One wouldn't know it from reading the Washington Post or New York Times, but some inside the White House don't think that President Barack Obama hit a home run with his first national press conference last week.

    "It looked scripted beyond the scripted part, the speech," says one former communications adviser, who has been feeding notes and suggestions to the White House team and worked with them on the inauguration. "Every president has gone into one of these things knowing that there were some pre-arranged questions or journalists to be called on, but this one was pretty ham-handed."

    To that end, he says, the White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser.

    The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.

    Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.

    "It would be the same idea with the podium," says the adviser.

    Obama had a teleprompter set up for his remarks last week, before taking questions, but the White House couldn't use the teleprompter for anything but the remarks, because the journalists were so close to the screens. Further complicating matters, teleprompter copy can't be easily updated in real time, in a setting like a White House press conference.

    http://spectator.org/archives/2009/02/16/in-all-fairness
     
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    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably not much. I hadn't heard about Bush's teleprompter, or Obama's either, until I read your post and decided to google it for myself.

    Does Obamas have a phonetic pronunciation guide?

    Haven't all of the presidents who served after teleprompters were invented used them?
     
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    The spectator? ROFLMAO!!!!

    Bush used a listening device in his debates.....man couldn't even speak impromptly on the subjects at hand

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    A teleprompter for a press confrence?

    That seems wrong to me

    but if its the only way to keep him "looking smart" then its worth getting
     
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    Yea after all . only taught at Harvard...they let anyone do that....

    So whats Bush's excuse? can't read?
     
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    It's obvious that Obama is a total disaster unless he’s reading something someone else has written for him.
     
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    and he has to be reading it from a teleprompter or he looks like a blabbering idiot.

    I can see why they need to stick one in his podium, what ever it takes to get him through a press conference.

    To make it more simple for him and cheaper for us, perhaps we should just not have them?
     
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    Barack Obama both prearranged the questioners and knew of their questions before the news conference.

    How long will the "free press" play this game?
     
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