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Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama and the teleprompter 

One of our intrepid Durham readers brought this note to the Clarion Content's attention; we didn't know, did you? Apparently, President Obama is hooked on the teleprompter.

He is widely know amongst the media for relying on it at events large and small. On the campaign he reportedly used it everywhere from a rodeo ring to a factory floor. Politco's Carol Lee quotes presidential historian Martha Joynt Kumar, "It’s just something presidents haven’t done. It’s jarring to the eye. In a way, it stands in the middle between the audience and the president because his eye is on the teleprompter." Lee goes on to add, "...it is a startling sight to see such sleek, modern technology set against the mahogany doors and Bohemian crystal chandeliers in the East Room or the marble columns of the Grand Foyer."

Obama doesn't try to hide the teleprompter. Nor does he appear to be weaning himself of off it. It is not exactly FDR and the wheelchair, but interesting inside the White House baseball nonetheless. Link to the full story here.

Thanks for the heads up chef Don!

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