Rush Limbaugh started this whole notion of "Obama isn't that good of a speaker, he just reads well off the teleprompter" and now it's made it's way into an AP analysis.
Ron Fournier writes...
WASHINGTON (AP) - What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?
A careful one.
President Barack Obama took no chances in his second prime-time news conference, reading a prepared statement in which he took both sides of the AIG bonus brouhaha and asked an anxious nation for its patience.
Oh please...like Presidents don't ALWAYS make a prepared statement beforehand, usually off notes in front of them or reading it off a teleprompter. They're acting like he's somehow cheating because he doesn't memorize everything word for word.
It was a carefully modulated statement, and Obama—relying on a familiar crutch—read it off a flat-screen monitor perched at the back of the East Room.
The teleprompter was no help during the question-and-answer session (reporters don't signal their intentions), but Obama was no less careful during that give and take.
Asked why people should trust government with the regulatory authority to take over failing financial companies such as troubled insurer American International Group Inc., Obama passed on the chance to demonize Washington.
"Keep in mind, it is precisely because of the lack of this authority that the AIG situation has gotten worse," Obama said. He then gave a scholarly explanation of how the proposal would work.
Pressed again, Obama cited the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's handling of the IndyMac Bank as an example of government properly using its authority.
The government did something right? That's news to most Americans.
First, note the loaded language in "relying on a familar crutch." What the fuck is that even about? A crutch? Is it suddenly a crutch to use something EVERY PRESIDENT IN THE PAST 30 YEARS HAS USED? Why don't they go after the fact that he uses a microphone while they're at it?
"You know, if Obama was a better speaker, he wouldn't need that familar crutch of electrical sound enhancement and would just use his own voice to speak to the entire room."
I mean give me a break...this is such desperate bullshit. An issue that no one outside talk radio and the Washington DC bubble give two shits about, and yet it keeps gathering attention?
And then, this notion of shock in the statement, "The government did something right? That's news to most Americans."
Sigh...I know this was some AP guy's analysis and not a full blown news story...but c'mon. As bad as the GOP would like you to believe, Americans are WANTING the government to do more and believe that things are getting better as a result. This "Government can't do anything right" is also the subject of my latest comic...
"This is a big ocean liner, it's not a speedboat. It doesn't turn around immediately," he said Tuesday night. "But we're in a better, better place because of the decisions that we made."
Calm. Cool. Careful.
One of the few times he summoned raw emotion came after a reporter demanded to know why it took him so long to express outrage over the AIG executive bonuses.
"It took a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak."
Even better, he likes to have it up on the teleprompter.
Hahahahahahahahaha! The President likes to think about things and not rush to judgement! Hahahahahahaha! He's so stupid for not just going with his gut instinct and making up words and talking down to us all like we're a nation of eight year olds!
...that's seriously how far we've come. We'd rather have a "shoot first and ask questions never" kind of President than one who wishes to think things over, and speak to us with words he's reading off a teleprompter to make sure he gets it right?
C'mon GOP, you gave us eight years of this guy...
...you really want to start pointing fingers and laughing at Obama's ability to speak to us?