Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama's Teleprompter Problem

When I first heard about Obama and his candidacy, I couldn't take him seriously, because of his lack of experience. 140 something days as a senator, and he thinks he's ready to be president? I didn't think anyone would take him seriously. But I was wrong. The MSM anointed him as the Chosen One, when they should have scrutinized him more. Now we are seeing all the things they failed to scrutinize. Lately, it's his ineptness as a public speaker when he's unscripted. From Neal Boortz:

Several Democrat political consultants say that Barack Obama spent part of his vacation in Hawaii working on weaning himself off his heavy dependence on teleprompters. Apparently, even at events that are considered "town hall" events, Obama's remarks are scripted or in bullet points that scroll on the teleprompter. One political consultant said, "He just locks down and can't get the words out ... For such a fine speaker, it's really quite remarkable that he's had issues."

I guess the homework didn't pay off as well as Democrats would like, considering the fallout from the Saddleback Forum.

Don't worry ... if he ever has to confront Putin or some mad mullahs we'll make sure a teleprompter is handy.

I've been amazed at how often I've heard clips of Obama speaking on the radio, where suddenly he stops in mid sentence, and I'm listening to dead air, wondering if the radio has gone off the air, until he eventually continues.

Most politicians think about what they are going to say before they start speaking. I can only wonder if he keeps pausing because he realizes he can't say what he really wants to say?

At best, he's not a very good public speaker when he's not scripted. I can sympathize, I'm not sure I'd be very good at it either, but then I'm not running for president.

Even if one were to believe that Obama's unscripted speaking skills aren't important, there are plenty of other things to be concerned about, such as his plans for taxation and the economy, versus McCain's:

We Can't Tax Our Way Out of the Entitlement Crisis

I remember the Jimmy Carter years, even if the young Obama supporters don't. Listening to Obama's plans gives me Carter flashback. Let's not go there.

Foot and Mouth Disease added to the Dem Ticket

So now Obama's picked Senator Joe "Foot-in-the-Mouth" Biden as his Veep? Great! No doubt there is going to be some great entertainment ahead for the next few months. Be sure and see Pat's post:

Biden: "Teleprompter? What teleprompter?"


Anonymous said...

Nice piece. I think the problem comes from the fact that the Obama has no clue what he is talking about. And before the left-wing Obama-addicts get their pants in a wad...consider this: Everybody in the media was attacking John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin partly on the basis that she wasn't experienced enough to assume the Presidency in the event that something were to happen to McCain. At least she has been a Major, and Governor. She has ran an entire state for over a year. What has he done? Nothing. That's why he stutters and rambles like he's drunk when talking about the economy. He's never ran a small business, he's never balanced a payroll, he's never done accounts payable or accounts receivable. That's the problem. People who HAVE could talk about the economy easily because they don't have to make up fancy speeches and then memorize's coming from someplace real.

Chas said...

Yes, his learning, his understanding of economics seems more academic and theoretical, than someone who has real-world, hands-on experience.

I did a post recently about whether or not Obama is even really intended to lead, or if he's just there to make pretty speeches, while the Party Leadership makes the decisions:

President Obama: a "Leader" or a "Figurehead"?

The article I linked to makes a pretty good case for "figurehead". Perhaps it's too early to say, but time will tell for sure.