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Well, it might be time to ask even more seriously if David Axelrod is Barack Obama's brain.

Finally, last Friday, Politico broached a topic that has been talked about in Washington for months - Obama's almost total reliance on a teleprompter. The Politico went so far as referring to it as a "crutch" that created awkward moments witnessed by the press that made taking pictures of the president and others in the White House tricky. It is hard for the media to ignore the teleprompter when they are angling for shots so that the teleprompters aren't blocking pictures of the president and others.

Towson University political science professor and presidential historian Martha Joynt Kumar noted this use of the teleprompter "is just something presidents haven't done." Until now.

Just last week, Obama's presentation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as head of Health and Human Services created an awkward silence between the Obama and Sebelius presentations while everyone had to wait for the teleprompters to be lowered to be moved out of the way. Politico mentioned the "uncomfortable laughter" the delay produced from the audience.

The American Spectator notes that for many events: "... down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. ... [t]eleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions." It quoted one Obama advisor as saying that Mr. Obama is looking at installing a computer screen in White House podiums so "it would make it easier for the comms (communications) guys to pass along information without being obvious about it."

The notion that a computer technician is queuing up the president's answers to questions is disturbing. One can easily imagine a Saturday Night Live skit where a technician waits with a canned set of answers to possible questions and from time to time cues up the wrong one.

Some have noted that Mr. Obama's stumbling speeches have occurred when teleprompters have malfunctioned. The Politico reports that President-elect Obama's vacation to Hawaii last year was actually used to try "wean[ing] himself off of the device ... But no such luck."

Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood blog followed the Late Night comics during the first month of the Obama presidency and noted the complete lack of jokes about the new president. Of course, that is nothing new. During the campaign last year from Jan. 1 to July 31, the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that both John McCain and Hillary Clinton had at least twice as many jokes about them by network comedians as about Mr. Obama.

Yet possibly the comedians have an excuse for missing this, given the virtually complete lack of coverage by the news media. With all the effort to maneuver camera shots to avoid teleprompters blocking Mr. Obama's pictures, the news media has no such excuse.

While the teleprompter might let Mr. Obama blame someone else whenever the answer turns out to be wrong, we would like to have a president who occasionally comes across as more than a TV anchor reading a script.

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An idiot without one? Yep I'm sure he had a teleprompter with him every step of the way when he was leading the Harvard Law Review or graduating from Columbia.... :lol:

The American Spectator notes that for many events: "... down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. ... [t]eleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions." It quoted one Obama advisor as saying that Mr. Obama is looking at installing a computer screen in White House podiums so "it would make it easier for the comms (communications) guys to pass along information without being obvious about it."

The notion that a computer technician is queuing up the president's answers to questions is disturbing. One can easily imagine a Saturday Night Live skit where a technician waits with a canned set of answers to possible questions and from time to time cues up the wrong one.

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Obama is not a dummy. He's a very good orator. I think that he crafts his speeches very carefully for maximal effect. Just as an actor would rehearse his lines.

I have no problem with him using a teleprompter. If Bush used one more often maybe he would have been thought of as a better speaker. As it was, listening to him speak was like watching a drunk trying to cross an icy street.

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Go look into his Harvard Law revue days. He was aloof and not very active. Matter of fact, he was rarely present.

Perhaps. But do you honestly think the man is/was an idiot? I mean we don't agree on much but basic common sense has to trump partisian ranker at some point. That's what seperates us from the average 3rd grader......Or perhaps my assumptions and expectations are too high...

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Obama is not a dummy. He's a very good orator. I think that he crafts his speeches very carefully for maximal effect. Just as an actor would rehearse his lines.

I have no problem with him using a teleprompter. If Bush used one more often maybe he would have been thought of as a better speaker. As it was, listening to him speak was like watching a drunk trying to cross an icy street.

Who cares if he's a great speaker, we are a country of doers! Not a country of Teleaprompter readers.

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Perhaps. But do you honestly think the man is/was an idiot? I mean we don't agree on much but basic common sense has to trump partisian ranker at some point. That's what seperates us from the average 3rd grader......Or perhaps my assumptions and expectations are too high...

You've got the 3rd grader part right, about 3 mins. in :lol:

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Well, it might be time to ask even more seriously if David Axelrod is Barack Obama's brain.

Finally, last Friday, Politico broached a topic that has been talked about in Washington for months - Obama's almost total reliance on a teleprompter. The Politico went so far as referring to it as a "crutch" that created awkward moments witnessed by the press that made taking pictures of the president and others in the White House tricky. It is hard for the media to ignore the teleprompter when they are angling for shots so that the teleprompters aren't blocking pictures of the president and others.

Towson University political science professor and presidential historian Martha Joynt Kumar noted this use of the teleprompter "is just something presidents haven't done." Until now.

Just last week, Obama's presentation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as head of Health and Human Services created an awkward silence between the Obama and Sebelius presentations while everyone had to wait for the teleprompters to be lowered to be moved out of the way. Politico mentioned the "uncomfortable laughter" the delay produced from the audience.

The American Spectator notes that for many events: "... down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. ... [t]eleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions." It quoted one Obama advisor as saying that Mr. Obama is looking at installing a computer screen in White House podiums so "it would make it easier for the comms (communications) guys to pass along information without being obvious about it."

The notion that a computer technician is queuing up the president's answers to questions is disturbing. One can easily imagine a Saturday Night Live skit where a technician waits with a canned set of answers to possible questions and from time to time cues up the wrong one.

Some have noted that Mr. Obama's stumbling speeches have occurred when teleprompters have malfunctioned. The Politico reports that President-elect Obama's vacation to Hawaii last year was actually used to try "wean[ing] himself off of the device ... But no such luck."

Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood blog followed the Late Night comics during the first month of the Obama presidency and noted the complete lack of jokes about the new president. Of course, that is nothing new. During the campaign last year from Jan. 1 to July 31, the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that both John McCain and Hillary Clinton had at least twice as many jokes about them by network comedians as about Mr. Obama.

Yet possibly the comedians have an excuse for missing this, given the virtually complete lack of coverage by the news media. With all the effort to maneuver camera shots to avoid teleprompters blocking Mr. Obama's pictures, the news media has no such excuse.

While the teleprompter might let Mr. Obama blame someone else whenever the answer turns out to be wrong, we would like to have a president who occasionally comes across as more than a TV anchor reading a script.

So it is a conspiracy? A black man has managed to dupe ALL of the mainstream media, comedians, late night talk show host, etc. Not including the 60 MILLION people who voted for him and foreign countries who support him as well. He has blantantly tricked the electoral college, too.

BOY THAT OBAMA IS A BAD MAN

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So it is a conspiracy? A black man has managed to dupe ALL of the mainstream media, comedians, late night talk show host, etc. Not including the 60 MILLION people who voted for him and foreign countries who support him as well. He has blantantly tricked the electoral college, too.

BOY THAT OBAMA IS A BAD MAN

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None here brought up race except you!

The point of the topic is.....Someone else is feeding him his ideas, without his Teleprompter, he is exposed!

Please leave race out, or you expose yourself as just another Dumb Liberal. :)

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None here brought up race except you!

The point of the topic is.....Someone else is feeding him his ideas, without his Teleprompter, he is exposed!

Please leave race out, or you expose yourself as just another Dumb Liberal. :)

That is all you got out of that post!

That was part of the sarcasm, in reference to the ENDLESS debate of his color, his nationality, his "terrorist ties".............need I go on.

Please get a sense of humor before you expose yourself as a tinfoil hat wearing LOONEY!

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His charisma and speaking ability were largely responsible for him going from a virtual unknown to the presidency in less than a decade.

And there lies a huge problem in this country. People concern themselves too much on a man's words instead of his actions (track record.) Charisma certainly isn't a reason to vote someone into the Oval Office. But hey, with either McCain or Obama, I think we are in trouble. We have been for a long time now, actually.

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That is all you got out of that post!

That was part of the sarcasm, in reference to the ENDLESS debate of his color, his nationality, his "terrorist ties".............need I go on.

Please get a sense of humor before you expose yourself as tinfoil hat wearing LOONEY!

Explain his "terrorist ties" then for us...

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