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Old 07-12-2011, 08:54 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by Jermaine88 View Post
I don't know if its just extreme right wing propaganda. Just trying "nitpick" with out knowing all facts..

People complain that the president uses a teleprompter.. Even though he is not the first to use one, Many presidents have used Aides while making big speeches.

The purpose of a teleprompter

Ronald Reagan often used a dual screen teleprompter.
George Bush
Used a teleprompter and made the switch to large index cards.
The point is Presidents and many elected officials have used teleprompters for about a half century.
Some believe Bush used a teleprompter to declare war on Iraq.
(I'm personally not sure about that. But would not be surprised^)

Some presidents used a teleprompter at the state of the Union.

I would rather a president that at least makes eye contact(or appears to) then someone who looks down and flips pages. Or even one who rights notes on their hands....
Or someone who looks at the wrong camera while making a speech for a good 10 minutes, and then bitching about someone else usage of a teleprompter.

Either way its a presidents words/thoughts, (through a speech writer if a president has one) that appear.
And Yes many presidents have had speech writers..

I just don't get all the bitching and whining about Obama using a teleprompter. I do not remember all the complaining with any other president on this subject.
I know he uses it a lot but, as long as the message is getting out, it should not matter.

I'm not a Obama fan, didn't vote in 2008, I probably will not vote for him in 2012 and just looking at his possible opponents I probably will not vote at all.

I don't know if some extreme right wingers don't know the history of the presidential teleprompter usage.
Or if they are just trying to find SOMETHING, to whine about.
The telaprompter business is this: first, the leftists said the same about Bush in 2000 and for several years after, so tit for tat and second, there is a way to use one and a way not to use one: Obama hasn't yet learned how to use his, plus his speaking skills without it are anything but steller. Oh and btw, the speeches are not always the total thoughts of the person giving the speech. I know this for fact.

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Old 07-12-2011, 09:06 AM
Location: Dallas, TX
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Originally Posted by nmnita View Post
The telaprompter business is this: first, the leftists said the same about Bush in 2000...
Repeat after me... use of teleprompter has been widely accepted for decades, and it slowly replaced speeches written on a piece of paper. Besides, if your claim has ANY validity and you believe that it was childish/immature to blast Bush for use of teleprompter on live TV (or in speeches), do you realize that you're being a hypocrite, hence childish/immature in engaging in the same? Are people so utterly ignorant about use of teleprompter by politicians (and media personalities who themselves have engaged in this idiotic practice while using it themselves)?

Having said that, with your reference to Bush 2000, I'm assuming you're talking about the pictures of "wired" Bush during Presidential debates? That was a bit a different issue than mere use of teleprompter. Do you disagree? I believe that was in 2004 though.
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