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Obama Switches Off TelePrompTer (Gutsy Call!)
The Hill ^ | Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | Amy Parnes

Posted on 07/17/2012 8:49:21 AM PDT by kristinn

President Obama is weaning himself off his teleprompter.

At recent campaign events in Pennsylvania, Virginia and again Monday in Ohio, Obama spoke to crowds in high school gymnasiums and at crowded outdoor events without his teleprompter, instead using written notes.

The difference is dramatic. Instead of turning in his characteristic manner from right to left and back again, reading from the two sloping, clear-plastic planes of his teleprompter, Obama has glanced down at pages in a binder on his podium.

Team Obama thinks the switch, or partial switch — the president is not giving up the teleprompter entirely — will help him better connect with voters.

Critics have mocked Obama’s routine use of the teleprompter, including in speeches to schoolchildren. And the new use of written notes appears intended to trade away the smooth, distant demeanor of teleprompter rhetoric for a little more immediacy and vigor. A senior administration official acknowledged the shift in the president’s style, saying Obama is speaking “more extemporaneously.”

But the senior official said the lack of teleprompters has “less to do with image and more to do with upping the tempo” at campaign events, while creating more unscripted moments.

Not using a teleprompter lets Obama be more spontaneous on the stump. Since making the shift, the president at times has ad-libbed remarks while playing off his supporters’ reactions, something that had been difficult with a teleprompter.

“It’s become a crutch,” Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University who specializes in political communications, said in describing Obama’s use of the teleprompter.

“It seemed as though he couldn’t go anywhere without them, and it made him seem unconfident and robotic in dealing with real people out there,” Berkovitz said.

Until recently, Obama was rarely seen without the two transparent panels at his side...

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; teleprompter

1 posted on 07/17/2012 8:49:29 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

His hand written notes are all written by paralegals.


2 posted on 07/17/2012 8:51:12 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: kristinn

America’s Greatest Orator
steps up the tempo

what a joke


3 posted on 07/17/2012 8:52:13 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: kristinn

If that’s the case we can expect a continued inability to keep his real thoughts on America and its people to himself.


4 posted on 07/17/2012 8:53:27 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: kristinn
A senior administration official acknowledged the shift in the president’s style, saying Obama is speaking “more extemporaneously.”

Love it because now we get words of 'wisdom' like this: "If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

5 posted on 07/17/2012 8:54:08 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: kristinn

Wonder how long it took him to get off the weed and coke?


6 posted on 07/17/2012 8:55:14 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, Sadly Not the Presidency It Seems)
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To: kristinn

The new “style” makes Obama look exactly like a high school freshman stumbling through speech 1 class. And the extra anger it lets him generate is frightening voters by the millions while writing Romney’s September commercials for him. As has been noted elsewhere, Obama managed to control his anti-American rage in 2008, barely, through the public’s utter unfamiliarity with him and his talent for reading from a script. Now, as he falls from grace, the mask is off. A win-win for us.


7 posted on 07/17/2012 8:55:35 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: outofsalt
His hand written notes are all written by paralegals.

I think that would be 'paramedics' ..... the 'paralegals' are all busy helping the people in the audience who have fainted. /s

8 posted on 07/17/2012 8:55:43 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: kristinn
the president at times has ad-libbed remarks while playing off his supporters’ reactions

Much to the consternation of his handlers, no doubt.

What's he going to do when he hears the next "YOU LIE"!, without a script?

9 posted on 07/17/2012 8:56:13 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: kristinn

High school gymnasiums! Yeah, that’s where all the true Americans are. Easily persuaded mind control!


10 posted on 07/17/2012 8:57:47 AM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Izzy Dunne

He had an ear piece in his head.


11 posted on 07/17/2012 8:58:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: kristinn

3 1/2 years of crutch....a lifetime of “assistance”.....financed through as much college as his mind would tolerate....and given the presidency because of political correctness....and now he’s ON HIS OWN?...
ON HIS OWN..is what brought us the now infamous line.”you didn’t make it on your own” if your successful in business.
HE knows the country is waiting for his all too familiar “ah’s”..”errr’s”...”I wanna’s”....”it’s not about meeeee’s”
and the anticipated “I AM’S”...I Don’t’s”....”I will’s”...I I I I I I I I’S


12 posted on 07/17/2012 8:59:26 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: kristinn

Well that explains the recent increase in stuttering, malformed sentences, ums, ahs and so on.


13 posted on 07/17/2012 8:59:51 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: kristinn
Not using a teleprompter lets Obama be more spontaneous Socialist on the stump.

A more accurate description.

14 posted on 07/17/2012 9:00:38 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: nascarnation
more like... America's greatest recent reader of other peoples words. And even that honorific had only a couple year shelf life.

Now his vaunted reading ability is just a joke. He always looks to me like he is watching a tennis match when he reads off his teleprompters.

15 posted on 07/17/2012 9:01:02 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: MissMagnolia
Love it because now we get words of 'wisdom' like this: "If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Ezra Levant was discussing this last night on The Source (on Sun T.V., or as Canadian liberals call it, Fox News North).

Obamagaffes are noticed... :)

16 posted on 07/17/2012 9:02:28 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom. May it not be too late.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I used to tabulate his number of head flips per minute.
I pretty much concluded that more flips = more stressed.
Anything over 17 was mucho nervous.


17 posted on 07/17/2012 9:04:03 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: kristinn

“Creating more unscripted moments”.
Jacka$$.


18 posted on 07/17/2012 9:04:34 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: kristinn

Of course, when the media ignores his gaffes and bloopers, it’s much easier to do this. Still, I think he will be back on the Tele within 10 days - YouTube will be FULL of ‘extemporaneous remarks’.


19 posted on 07/17/2012 9:04:58 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: kristinn
A senior administration official acknowledged the shift in the president’s style, saying Obama is speaking “more extemporaneously.”

Was the "you didn't build your business" thing from a teleprompter or extemporaneous? Inquiring minds...

20 posted on 07/17/2012 9:05:30 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Doogle
...he's going back to his "roots"...street talk, babble, "wanna buy a watch"....routine
21 posted on 07/17/2012 9:05:42 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Sybeck1

We’ll know when he does?


22 posted on 07/17/2012 9:09:03 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Doogle
..."I forgot what Social Security card I used"...."somebody pay my rent"...."what does a BC look like anyway?"...."anybody seen Moochell, she's gotta cash this for me"...."can I get you coffee?"
23 posted on 07/17/2012 9:11:03 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: DTogo

I’ve noticed lately that he’s sounding more like Hugo Chavaz.


24 posted on 07/17/2012 9:11:05 AM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: kristinn
Gotta give him credit. He is VERY inspirational when he tells us how he really feels instead of what his handlers tell him to say.

I'm still thinking about his "If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Nothing inspires me quite like a president who says that during election season.

25 posted on 07/17/2012 9:15:18 AM PDT by GBA (To understand what is happening to America and why, read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn)
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To: kristinn

““It seemed as though he couldn’t go anywhere without them, and it made him seem unconfident and robotic in dealing with real people out there,” Berkovitz said.”

Ya think? Obama hasn’t had an original thought since he popped out of ole Stanley.


26 posted on 07/17/2012 9:16:20 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: kristinn

‘Resist we much!’


27 posted on 07/17/2012 9:29:16 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: kristinn

Why am I picturing the commercial where the mop stalks the woman who has switched to a different brand, only in this case it’s a teleprompter peering after Barrack?

Come back! Why won’t you love me, Obama?


28 posted on 07/17/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: kristinn

The man can’t think on his feet. You see it all the time.


29 posted on 07/17/2012 9:33:09 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: kristinn
Turning off his teleprompter? What courage!

Washington never did that in 1792. Lincoln never did that in 1864. FDR never did that in 1936. Truman never did that in 1948.

If only JFK's ghostwriter were still around to add another chapter to the book Profiles in Courage.

30 posted on 07/17/2012 9:34:11 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: kristinn

He either has some new technology that allows him to be coached OR he doesn’t give a damn anymore. My guess is the latter. His asinine remarks about business owners is the evidence.


31 posted on 07/17/2012 9:38:21 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Doogle
I've noticed he's been droppin’ more g’s lately. I thought it was just a case of generatin’ more street cred, but it's really because he don't got that ‘prompter no more.
32 posted on 07/17/2012 9:39:21 AM PDT by chimera
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To: chimera
That's the first thing I noticed during the ten seconds I was able to stomach watching his Cincinnati speech.
33 posted on 07/17/2012 9:46:28 AM PDT by GranTorino (Bloody Lips Save Ships.)
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To: kristinn

Recently didn’t he switch the teleprompter off while speaking to a group of “soccer moms” and said “You didn’ have that baby ~ somebody else did”.


34 posted on 07/17/2012 9:46:53 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kristinn; basil; txhurl; lormand; wolfcreek
This P0$ is coming to San Antonio and Austin for fundraisers today. I hope the Austin liberals are happy when he closes down traffic for several hours during rush hour today and costs the taxpayers a lot of $$$$$s in police overtime.

I'd go protest his liberal @$$, but have to work this afternoon. Believe it or not, moveon.org is protesting his visit here today. I guess he is not liberal enough for them.

35 posted on 07/17/2012 9:47:23 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: MissMagnolia

Love it because now we get words of ‘wisdom’ like this: “If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”


You left out the ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah......


36 posted on 07/17/2012 10:09:02 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

We’ve made a note to stay at home in Lakeway today. There’s no way I’d want to be in that traffic, and I don’t won’t to see his face, period.


37 posted on 07/17/2012 10:10:51 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: kristinn

The B.O. “Uh” count with David Letterman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThEAO0lt4Dw


38 posted on 07/17/2012 10:12:06 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: kristinn

I had a feeling he was starting to go off prompter more lately, given his increasingly ridiculous statements (”you got a business? you didn’t make that, someone else did!...etc.).


39 posted on 07/17/2012 10:18:45 AM PDT by KingOfVagabonds
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To: Sybeck1
Interestingly enough, when you listened to him talk during the weekend speeches discussed here, he sounds like a jive-talk’n crackhead... and makes about as much sense.
40 posted on 07/17/2012 10:20:37 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: kristinn

I guess they perfected the implant


41 posted on 07/17/2012 10:20:37 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: kristinn

He’s doing this with incredibly small, and naive audiences that are not allowed to be heckling him. BFD. Takes no guts. Won’t help him either.


42 posted on 07/17/2012 10:54:32 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: kristinn

“I’m Barack Obama...Go F Yourself, America”


43 posted on 07/17/2012 10:55:34 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: basil
I have to work this afternoon, but wife is coming back from Wichita KA. BUT, she was smart enough to drive to SA and fly out from there instead of ABIA. I think she will be coming in there well after he hits the runway. [wish that was literally]
44 posted on 07/17/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I wouldn’t walk across the street to see him.......


45 posted on 07/17/2012 11:54:10 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: jcsjcm
Let's do a real count of voters he speaks to in a high school gym.

Let's use a student body of 1,000. At a 15:1 student:teacher ratio that boils down to 16 to 20 teachers. Add in a 100% non-teaching staff overhead that's 30 to 40 confirmed voters.

Since most schools are a closed shop that means 30 to 40 Obama voters.

Add to it the LMSM staff and support teams you are looking at 1,000 glassy eyed students and around 80 actual Obama supporters.

But don't those students make great background?

46 posted on 07/17/2012 12:05:23 PM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: basil

See your personal email.


47 posted on 07/17/2012 12:30:24 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: Nip

Yes since they have no other choice but to attend. Or get marked Absent! I think I would pull my child out so they wouldn’t have to be present during the one’s speech!


48 posted on 07/17/2012 12:44:39 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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