Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hooked on Teleprompter. Is This Guy Stupid?

We recall that GWB was derided as the stupidest man on Earth--or perhaps in the entire universe.

But he didn't need a teleprompter to answer the (approved-in-advance) question, did he?

While people who watched Obama's first national press conference noticed Obama's use of a teleprompter to give his initial presentation as well as in answering questions, the media and late night joke writers have completely ignored it. The American Spectator notes in many events: "down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions." Apparently, Obama is looking into installing a computer screen into the podium so that according to one Obama advisor: "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it." Obama's aides would put together answers to a large number of possible questions so as soon as a reporter asks a particular question the computer screen would flash talking points to remind Obama how he is supposed to respond to that question

That accounts for the extended "ummmmmm...ahhhhhh....ummmmm" stuff. Another pundit has remarked that in Obamese, "ummmmm" serves as a verb, noun, adjective, adverb, participle, and clause (dependent and not.)

Our modern-day Rasputin, Rahm Emanuel, has so many toys to use. What a country!!

HT: Lott

3 comments:

Scott said...

Don't you think it's just a tad disingenuous to nitpick an intelligent, articulate president while you practically worshipped a bumbling idiot who couldn't say his own name into a microphone without help?

I mean, who could take you seriously?

Dad29 said...

Well, Scotty-boy, I could take YOU seriously if you actually knew what I have remarked about Bush.

(Hint: search GWB on this blog.)

Toodles, Scotty-boy.

Anonymous said...

Actually scott, you answered the question there. Bush was expected to talk like that because he was an idiot. Obama on the other hand, is an "intelligent, articulate president" who can't seem to string 2 words together without an ummmm or an ahhhh in it. Speech giving 101 says that rather than fill a void with sound, use a silent pause to gather your thoughts. Being articulate means having the skill to speak smoothly, to be able to convey a solid grasp of the language and to be able to express oneself expertly. Ummms and ahhhs make him sound like an amateur who is grasping for ideas.