Skip to comments.Obama Switches Off TelePrompTer (Gutsy Call!)
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 Obamas 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 presidents 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.
Its become a crutch, Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University who specializes in political communications, said in describing Obamas use of the teleprompter.
It seemed as though he couldnt 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...
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I guess they perfected the implant
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.
“I’m Barack Obama...Go F Yourself, America”
I wouldn’t walk across the street to see him.......
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?
See your personal email.
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!
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