Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Leave Barack alone - he needs it

Don’t fault him for trying, because he’s really been trying…

According to several Democrat political consultants presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama spent part of his Hawaiian vacation working on weaning himself from a heavy dependence on teleprompters. Even in what are staged as "town hall" events for Obama, remarks are scripted or formatted into bullet points that scroll on teleprompter screens. Obama has had several embarrassing events where the teleprompter either malfunctioned or the screens were not fully visible.

"He just locks down and can't get the words out," says one political consultant. "For such a fine speaker, it's really quite remarkable that he's had issues."

But he’s just not there yet:

September 15, 2008
Obama's teleprompter hits the trail

(CNN) — It appears Barack Obama's teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail.

The Democratic presidential nominee has never tried to hide the fact he delivers speeches off the device, though normally he doesn't use one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events.

But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

Don’t worry, Obama. Not everyone is cut out for extemporaneous speaking. You read the teleprompter very well, and let’s face it, not everyone can even do that.

And we know what can happen without the teleprompter. You are making a wise choice in continuing to rely on your crutch. You need it. And it takes a big man to admit when he is not good enough to make it on his own.

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