A man and his telepromter...

United States
March 6, 2009 8:00am CST
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090305/pl_politico/19663 What is a man without hsi telepromter? Well, it looks like Obama cannot live without his. And when he is without it, it is said that his speeches are very much lacking. It tells me that he really does not know what he thinks. He needs a telepromter to tell him. I suppose that depending on who he is talking to he could be telling them anything. He tells different people different things. It means he does not speak from his heart.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
6 Mar 09
"It tells me that he really does not know what he thinks. " That's a pretty interesting observation to pull from a reliance on the teleprompter. I would have thought a reasonable conclusion to pull would be that Obama is not a very good orator. Most people know what they think, but not everyone is good a vocalizing it sufficiently.
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• United States
7 Mar 09
His problem is that he tells everyone what they want to hear...even though he does not believe a word of it...after while...he is confused. If he was honest, it would come from his heart and he would say the same thing to everyone.
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
7 Mar 09
I'm going to let you in on a little secret: he's a politician. Politicians lie all the time. They don't need a teleprompter to do it.
@owlwings (40437)
• Cambridge, England
6 Mar 09
Speaking in public, off the cuff and without notes, is something not everyone has the facility of doing. It is certainly something that one expects of a major public figure but it is it what being a President is really about? I would say that there are far more important attributes to holding that office - for example, the ability to evaluate a situation objectively and to know where to get the best information and advice on it, to know what should be done to resolve it, to make good decisions (and to stick by them) and to convince others of the rightness of those decisions; to be able to meet other leaders and to give them respect and a hearing whether one agrees with them or not ... and, of course, a thousand and one other things. These are what distinguishes a good leader, not his ability to speak in public. Speaking convincingly, whether from a prepared and detailed speech, from notes or off the cuff is certainly a skill that any person in the public eye should find desirable and, in fact, (especially in this modern world of television and the Internet) essential. Speaking convincingly, however, may all too often be a skill practiced by those who make a living out of not speaking from the heart! Speaking from the heart is something that some people find difficult to do in certain situations. It is not that they don't have a heart to speak from or that they wish to say things that don't come from the heart; it is more the lack of confidence in one's ability to choose the perfect words at the right moment. A written speech may come no less from the heart than does an extempore one and many politicians have found that the pressure on them to 'get it right' and to use words that echo in people's minds has meant that their public speeches are written ones, scripted and honed as a performance to the last timed pause and slight emphasis. I do not think that, because Obama speaks less well without a script writer and a teleprompter, it indicates that he is telling different people different things or that he doesn't speak from the heart.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
I don't think it means that at all. If you think how many speeches he has to make, they have to be tailored to whoever he is addressing. No-one is capable of remembering every speech and making the right points to the right people. Better to get things right rather than forgetting something important.
• United States
6 Mar 09
If you read the article, you will see that the other presidents rarely used one.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
Maybe that's why George W made so many famously bad blunders.
@owlwings (40437)
• Cambridge, England
6 Mar 09
"... you will see that the other presidents rarely used one." This may simply be because other presidents developed their public speaking skills before the advent of the technology. There is no doubt that all previous presidents have used previously prepared and carefully scripted speeches which they either read verbatim or rehearsed and 'performed' either with the help of notes or without, in the way that an actor speaks his lines. The teleprompter is simply another way of doing this - and a rather obtrusive and awkward one, from some points of view.