Barack Obama, Teleprompter President
Barack Obama’s overuse of speech-assisting devices for public speaking engagement has caused some to dub him “The Teleprompter President”, writes, The Times Online:
Although used for more than half a century, the device was previously employed mainly for set-piece speeches. The current President, however, often uses them for making small introductory statements at the beginning of press conferences.
Obama’s over-reliance on teleprompters developed during the last presidential campaign, as it became quite apparent that the then-US Senator had difficulty in putting together coherent sentences together on-the-fly:
The latest Obama teleprompter gaffe came last Tuesday, as Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowan was greeted at the White House in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Cowan took the podium to read his speech right after Obama, only to read the speech Obama just gave as it was still on the teleprompter. It was nearly 30 seconds until Cowan realized the speech he was reading was one he had just heard.
“That’s your speech!,” Cowan remarked, look back at Obama. “Why don’t these things work for me? Who said these things were idiot-proof?”
Obama rushed to the podium and fixed the problem with a full White House press laughing at the red-faced Cowan. At that point the speech had flipped over to the new one. Reading from the teleprompter, Obama began reading aloud, inadvertently thanking himself for inviting everyone, to further laughter. “First, I’d like to say thank you to President Obama!” Obama said.