Just yesterday I wrote the bit about Obama and his teleprompter, then today I hear a story that only reinforces the joke;
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House when he realized something sounded way too familiar. Turns out, he was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just given.
Cowen was set to speak twice at the White House on Tuesday night because there were two different parties going on at the executive mansion. No matter — he would give the same speech to the two different audiences.
But Cowen was 20 seconds into his second address when it dawned on him that he was giving word for word the speech that Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.
Cowen stopped and looked back at the president to say, “That’s your speech.”
Obama laughed and returned to the podium to offer what might have been Cowen’s remarks. In doing so, President Obama thanked President Obama for inviting everyone over.
I couldn’t help but laugh at that when I heard it. Oh how I would love to see the video of that, but so far nothing has shown up on YouTube. I’m guessing that his staff was quite busy yesterday and today scaring up any stray copies of that tape. Given the effectiveness of the Obama Administration thus far, I’d say that video ought to hit the ‘net aaaaannnnny minute now.
It’s been a while since I had a chance to tune in to the Rush Limbaugh Show over my lunch hour, but had a chance to listen in the other day. Predictably, he had a lot to say about President Obama, but instead of leading off with something like, “Obama said…”, he kept referring to things that “Obama’s teleprompter told him to say”. I had to laugh out loud at that, because it is so dead-on accurate. Lately it seems that Obama is never seen speaking in public without his teleprompter in place, probably just to keep him on script. Without it, the things he says reflect more of what he believes and what he intends to do during his term, which is more than what he and his handlers want the public to know about. He says what’s displayed for him to say, kinda like a puppet on a string. Or maybe a more like a dog on a leash.
Since the campaign that wouldn’t end, people have been saying that Obama is such a gifted politician and speaker, but that’s something I have failed to see in him. What I see is someone who can spout lines on screen pretty well, but the content that he’s spouting is pretty pedestrian, much less ‘inspiring’. Take away his scripted lines, and he ahhs… and ummms… and stutters worse than I do, which is saying something. And I can’t help but agree with Rush when he criticizes the President for failing to use his speaking ability to inspire the American people. Seems that every time he makes a nationally televised address, the Dow Jones drops a few hundred points, and people become more fearful of what the next four years will bring.
Only 3 years & 309 days left… Will the country last that long? God help us all.