Obama's Teleprompters

Tyler Durden's picture

The topic of Obama and his teleprompters (one of which was stolen a year ago, causing a public appearance delay) has been so pervasive in the "counterculture" that it led to the creation of the term TOTUS. But it wasn't until today that TOTUS officially became part of the mainstream media lexicon courtesy of this slideshow via Reuters, which should explain just who pulls the strings.

A teleprompter obscures President Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, August 21, 2012.

A teleprompter used by President Obama is pictured as he meets members of the audience following remarks at Conveyer Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, January 25, 2012.

President Obama holds a Veterans Day event at U.S. Army Garrison at Yongsan military base in Seoul, November 11, 2010.

Then Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama is reflected in a teleprompter as he speaks at a campaign rally in Philadelphia, October 11, 2008.

President Obama delivers remarks announcing a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan in Washington, March 27, 2009.

The teleprompter used by then Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama shows the final line of his remarks during a campaign rally at Peccole Stadium at the University of Nevada in Reno, October 25, 2008.

Then Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama is reflected in a teleprompter as he speaks at a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, October 13, 2008.

Seen through the teleprompter, President Obama pauses during remarks before signing the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act into law during a ceremony at the White House, May 20, 2009.

Reflected in his teleprompter, President Obama speaks about jobs and the economy during a visit to Celgard Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 2, 2010.

Then Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama is reflected in a teleprompter at a campaign rally at The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, October 18, 2008.

An aide checks the teleprompter before President Obama remarks about tax reform in the foyer of the White House in Washington, May 4, 2009.

President Obama as seen through a teleprompter as he delivers a speech on U.S. fiscal and budgetary deficit policy at the George Washington University in Washington, April 13, 2011.

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lizzy36's picture

TOTUS for POTUS 2012.

BLOTTO's picture

Speech given in Bristol, Virginia

This is an amazing video of Barack giving a speech when his teleprompter
goes on the blink -- he is unable to form acoherent sentence; struggling
to think of something to say as he repeatedly sneaks peeks at the
teleprompter screen locations hoping that his script has reappeared.


Blotts says: lol at 'breath alizer'




piliage's picture

And Bubba, for all his faults, effortlessly improvised during the 1993 State of the Union when he knew the written text was falling flat.


Meanwhile, the current guy is an empty suit, a still life with the illusion of motion who doesn't seem to have an original thought between his ears.

Precious's picture

Harvard Law Journal Editor.  YAH !

Printfaster's picture

Harvard Law Review editor?  No!

This is a constant mistake.  The O'man was Harvard Law Review PRESIDENT. That position is almost entirely ceremonial and requires no skill whatsoever.

This was his first empty suit job, and every role since then has been the same.

TimmyB's picture

You are lying.  You have no idea what goes on in any law review.  Obama, as every other president before and after him, had final say as to what was published.


johnQpublic's picture

seriously, are teleprompters hackable?



anonymous, where are you?

alot of fun could be had with this

BLOTTO's picture


The first pic Tyler had posted:

A teleprompter obscures President Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, August 21, 2012.

I like how Obama's - 'FORWARD' - one word slogan...

has 'For' 'War' in it...



A Nanny Moose's picture

"I do the cha-cha like a sissy girl. I lik-a do da cha-cha."

Any tool that dissmenates/processes information is subject to compromise. Perhaps not always directly, but through humans that operate them. Everybody has a price.

You are engaging in thought crime BTW.

TimmyB's picture

Does anyone seriously think our last Harvard Business School graduate/GOP President could mumble three words without a teleprompter?  How about Reagan?  Can Romney?  Making fun of Pesidents for using teleprompters is like making fun of them for wearing blue suits------they all fucking do it! 

And making fun of Harvard Law School?  Errr, didn't Romney go there too?  Wow, look at the great choices we have in the upcoming presidential election, we can put in the Harvard law school grad who installed a mandatory healthcare insurance law, or the other Harvard Law grad who did the exact same fucking thing. 

Yes sir, this teleprompter stuff is fucking brilliant.  That's some outstanding, astute political analysis from ZH.  The only thing it has going for it is the chumps eat that shit up.  Fucking chumps.  







blueridgeviews's picture

Reagan wrote all of his speeches. See the difference?

RacerX's picture

yeah he quickly goes off into "folksy, jive talk" when he's off-script. It's pretty funny to watch.

Blankenstein's picture

And some people say Ron Paul isn't a great speaker.  If only we could have a candidate that understands and is able discuss economic policy like RP instead of a mouthpiece spouting platitudes.    



GeezerGeek's picture

Maybe he should try another language when ad libbing. I hear he was quite good at Arabic when he was learning the Koran in his childhood days in Indonesia. Actually, I like to hear him speak contemporaneously (to the extent I like to hear - or see - him at all. It's nice to know what he really thinks.

Albertarocks's picture

Try as he might though, I don't think Obama will ever take Bush's crown:


saturn's picture

Is it even legal to publicly display a piece of electronic device without the bitten apple logo?

LongSoupLine's picture

ahhh, maybe that's what "shovel ready Jobs" means...

UGrev's picture

Well, considering Jobs is 6 feet under, I'd say he's shovel ready..

BurningFuld's picture

Too bad I can't give you two up arrows. That was freekn' funny.

FubarNation's picture

Speechless? So is he - hence the need of the telepromptor mate.  You might need one.  You may find a good deal on them Nov. 3rd.

davinci7_gis's picture

I know this statement is obvious but think about it, "the teleprompter actually tells him what to say"..I know the speech is written by staff and he edits it...but there is something about a president needing to read something that should already be in his thoughts, mind and heart.

davinci7_gis's picture

Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2 never needed one...why does he need one?

gtb's picture

Because he's a useless fuckin' idiot.

12ToothAssassin's picture

On the contrary, he is obviously useful to someone. 

owensdrillin's picture

I would love to see a day where someone screws with the script and his speech goes something like this in the middle of some "Forward" or "Sputnik" speech.

"Yeah well you've got to admit that I dun pretty good for a guy who has done nothing, ever, voted against everything to ever come in front of me in congress, smoked more crack than Oprahs packing, and wasn't even born in this country that I plan to destroy before the end of my third term."

"Oh wait, what the fuck, I didn't write that! Somebody else did."

Sauk Leader's picture

It keeps hime from telling us what is really on his mind. Any time he looks away and says something in his head, you get "you didn't build that or the private sector is doing just fine." He also has no clue what is going on in the world so if a reporter asks him a question he look like a deer in the headlights. He has been hiding from the media (lets not count People Mag and Entertainment Tonight) since until only a few days ago where he "suprised" everyone and popped in on a WH press conference. Then instead of taking open questions he read off the names of people who could ask him a prescreened questions. About what you ask? Rape comments, syria, and campaign ads.

upWising's picture


Take the name of a presidential candidate.

Remove the first letter.  Rearrange just TWO of the remaining five letters.

The result is what moves the entire political process.

johnQpublic's picture






but thats the vp candidate....


gettin closer..

GeezerGeek's picture

Maybe Yale is better than Harvard. Don't know, as I never went Ivy.

NotApplicable's picture

While "Slick Willie" didn't need a prompter, BOTH Bushes needed them badly (but for different reasons).

Bush 1 would read his stage instructions out loud. "Message: I care."

tip e. canoe's picture

"he edits it"

u sure about that?

FubarNation's picture

Oh how I envy thy jpeg/giffage powers.

NotApplicable's picture

But without the postage powers, he'd just be another ASCII clown, like us.


williambanzai7's picture

Let me assure, I have done quite well in my life on ASCII and typewriters

lizzy36's picture

Apparently people needed the stick figure to get my orginal comment.

The teleprompter couldn't do a worse job then the current POTUS or the other candidate.

slaughterer's picture

Those teleprompters are made by Diebold and programmed by Goldman.