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Obama Cannot Perform Without Teleprompter (Biden Bad With or Without…)

March 5, 2009

Many have noticed that Barack Obama just isn’t himself without his teleprompter.  In fact, without his favorite speech aid, the next Abraham Lincoln sounds a lot like, well, Jimmy Carter.

Joe Biden is a confused, inanne and inept public speaker even with his teleprompter.  Today he gave the major address at an AFL-CIO event and cameras and other recording devices were banned.

We thought it interesting to note that Rush Limbaugh never uses a teleprompter at all….

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/24/ma
ny-hours-before-he-had-uttered-a-word/

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President Barack Obama doesn’t go anywhere without his TelePrompter.

The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president’s prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.

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.

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.

Read the rest from Politico:
http://www.politico.com/news/st
ories/0309/19663.html

Related:
 Transparency? Biden Appears At Union Event But Cameras Not Allowed

http://nukegingrich.com/2009/0
3/05/obamas-brain/

Love Those Obama Speeches? Meet the Head Speechwriter

December 6, 2008

Nobody is kidding here…This is really the head speechwriter…..
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Incoming Obama administration director of speechwriting Jon Favreau (L) (he’s 27 years old) and a friend pose with a cardboard cutout of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a party.
(Obtained by The Washington Post)

By Al Kamen
The Washington Post
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Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: “Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)”

Question No. 63 asks that applicants “please provide any other information … that could … be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect.”

For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama’s immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question.

That’s when some interesting photos of a recent party he attended — including one where he’s dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another where he’s placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady’s chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer — popped up on Facebook for about two hours. The photos were quickly taken down — along with every other photo Favreau had of himself on the popular social networking site, save for one profile headshot.

Asked about the photos, Favreau, who was recently appointed director of speechwriting for the White House, declined comment. A transition official said that Favreau had “reached out to Senator Clinton to offer an apology.”

Favreau is not the first campaign aide whose online presence has proved awkward. Last March, John McCain aide Soren Dayton forwarded an anti-Obama YouTube video to his private Twitter feed linking Obama with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leading to his suspension from the campaign. And in 2007, two bloggers hired by former North Carolina senator John Edwards stepped down after blog posts they had written before he hired them became a subject of controversy.

Favreau’s case seems unlikely to be so dire; Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines cast the photos as evidence of increased bonhomie between the formerly rival camps.

“Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application,” he said in an e-mail.