Monday, November 8, 2010

Obama Dazzles Indian Lawmakers With His Amazing Teleprompter Reading Skills…


They should consider themselves lucky they weren’t subjected to 30 minutes worth of teleprompter-free ahhhs, uhhhs, ummms… 

 From the Washington Post:
He thrilled them by calling for India to have a permanent seat on an expanded U.N. Security Council. He flattered them by recalling India's historic achievements in science, philosophy and the invention of the digit "zero". And he amazed them by using that ubiquitous tool of modern American politics: the teleprompter. (emphasis, mine)
In India, politicians generally speak extemporaneously or from notes or text written on paper. The common perception, explained lawmaker Sanjay Nirupam of Mumbai, is that the really good speakers don't need to have text in front of them. 
h/t Weasel Zippers


  1. The lame-brain would forget his own name if he didn't have that teleprompter to rely on.

  2. If you have never seen it, you should check out the Official Teleprompter of the U.S. blog.

  3. Obama knows it would take five to ten years to move the process forward to get India a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, so this was a gratuitous gesture at best and thus meaningless.

    The flattering remarks of India's contributions to the world were also gratuitous. The only important element of Obama's India Tour 2010 was the fact that he omitted a visit to Pakistan as part of the tour. This had to be a silent message to Pakistan to remember who props up Pakistan regardless of the fact that Pakistan is a nuclear power.

    Some would say that Obama's trip was really a trade mission effort and that may be true to some extent, but if it was a trade mission it fell upon deaf ears because of Obama's tone deaf presentation.