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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:06 PM
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Serious question: does Obama rely on a teleprompter?
These two right wing kooks keep saying that, and I haven't watched enough of Obama's press conferences/speeches in order to shut them up.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:07 PM
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1. He didn't use one the two times I saw him in person
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cbc5g Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:08 PM
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2. No.
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SoonerPride Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:08 PM
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3. Tell them McCain relies on a telegraph machine
dot dot dash dot dot
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:09 PM
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4. LOL!
:rofl:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:12 PM
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5. ow
my side hurts from laughing so hard!!!

may I use that?

PLEASE?????

:rofl:
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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:14 PM
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6. No, carrier pigeons.
That's how he found out the Lusitania was sunk.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:26 PM
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14. I didn't know Pigeons could carry Stone Tablets
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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:31 PM
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18. They could grip stone tablets by the husk.
Well, African pigeons can, not European pigeons. :)
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BunkerHill24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:45 PM
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24. AHAHAHAHA That's Duzy material
:rofl:
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:15 PM
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7. when i saw him way back in October there was no teleprompter.
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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:15 PM
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8. No I think they got that from reading DU during the primaries heh n/t
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woolldog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:17 PM
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9. You can't use a teleprompter in a press conference.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:18 PM
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10. Chimpy did
:shrug:
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woolldog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:21 PM
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11. how?
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 09:22 PM by woolldog
The press asks you questions during a press conference and you answer them. You can't read your answer to the presses questions off a teleprompter.

edit: you can have some opening remarks prepared and read them, but after that the back and forth is unpredictable.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:23 PM
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12. what was going on with that bulge in his back
that looked a lot like a radio device?

you know, during the debates?

I've seen some of his press conferences where he appeared confused, as if listening to see what he should say.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:29 PM
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17. That bulge was in his BACK? Geez, he even screwed up the codpiece.
Somebody helped him get it right on that nukular carrier, but the guy obviously couldn't do it again.

Mission NOT accomplished, apparently.


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woolldog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:32 PM
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19. never mind.
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 09:40 PM by woolldog
didn't know you were talking about Bush.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:35 PM
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20. huh?
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 09:36 PM by CatWoman
who are you talking about?

on edit: my comment was about Bush :shrug:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:53 PM
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26. I think people took you *literally* when you said "teleprompter"....
And not the extended sense according to which having answers radioed in would also count.

It's certain Obama doesn't have answers radioed in. I don't know how much/often he uses a teleprompter. Certainly nowhere near as much as the dumbass who is our President now, certainly.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:57 PM
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27. I was referring to Chimpy when I talked about having answers radioed in
:hi:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:31 PM
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31. Ah - gotcha. All good.
:hi:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:35 PM
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32. *smooch*
:hi:

:loveya:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:40 PM
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34. (blush)
:loveya:
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SoonerPride Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:25 PM
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13. Didn't he wait to say what Cheney told him to say?
that picture of Cheney lurking in the bushes at a Rose Garden prsser was the funniest - and creepiest - picture of that cretin pulling his puppet strings and watching his marionette jump.

Spooked the eff outta me.

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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:26 PM
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15. he looks like one of those zombies from
"Night of the Living Dead"
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:28 PM
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16. I believe he does at some speeches.
I don't think he did at the stump speeches, but I have seen mention of it at some of the special subject speeches. NOT for press conferences. Most speakers DO use them, or at least have them on in case they need to refer to them. It would be a really idiotic thing for a wingnut kook to try to nitpick about. Even their idol Raygun used them.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:36 PM
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21. If he does
so what?? :shrug: I don't know WHY anyone would make a big deal over this, like most of them don't use one (yeah right, not). :wtf:
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VADem11 Donating Member (783 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:37 PM
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22. Hell no
His press conferences on his trip were great. He may not be the smoothest in delivery but that's because he actually thinks instead of spewing out talking points. At least he doesn't need notes like McCain.
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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:39 PM
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23. Never seen it but CONSIDERING MEDIA SCRUTINY i'd play it safe and use one as backup. nt
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 09:40 PM by quantass
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:50 PM
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25. Obama got good brain...He don' need no steenkin Promptor
Obama have Bombs....Mac have BBs
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:02 PM
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28. I'm sure he has writers but he is 'off the cuff' and thinks on his feet.
That is what this country needs instead of a doddering old man or a cynical liar that we have now. :dem:
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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:11 PM
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29. yes. sometimes. I saw him reading one the othr day on his overseas trip.
but I think he usually wings it.
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:15 PM
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30. He didn't have a teleprompter as his press conference in Jordan yesterday....
...in which he was stellar.


He didn't have one in his interviews on the networks.



It's bullshit.
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:40 PM
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33. Using a teleprompter from time to time is not the same as relying on one...
Many politicians use teleprompters, for some it is necessary others just have it to remind them of exactly what they need to cover. I would be surprised if Obama has never used a teleprompter, but he certainly speaks without them sometimes so no he does not rely on them. Bill Clinton used a teleprompter as well, but once that teleprompter lost power on him and he kept going and no one noticed. If Bush's teleprompter failed you can only imagine what would happen to him. Even better if someone were to hack into Bush's teleprompter and make some edits to the words that appear on the screen, oh the fun they could have.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:41 PM
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35. we can only dream, my friend
we can only dream :)
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:43 PM
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36. They always say that. However, McCain ALWAYS uses teleprompter.
In Q & As he pauses a bit to get his bearings. But no..I've been called a great orator, however even in Q & As it takes some time to get my thoughts together and use proper language to express my ideas.
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