Monday, February 16, 2009

Teleprompter President

In All Fairness
02/16/09 - American Spectator by The Prowler
Via RiehlWorldView.

It seems that Obama gets real-time advice on what to say, along with scripted settings to say it.

[edited] A former Obama communications advisor has been giving notes and suggestions to the White House team, and worked with them on the inauguration.
The press conference speech looked scripted beyond the scripted part. Every president uses some pre-arranged questions or journalists to be called on, but this press conference was pretty ham-handed.

The White House wants to install a small computer screen into the podium for press conferences and events in the White House. The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, notes, and points to hit. It would make it easier for the communication guys to pass along information without being obvious.

Using a screen is nothing new for Obama. Almost everything he said in supposedly unscripted townhall campaign events was scripted, down to many of the questions and their answers. Teleprompter screens showed his opening remarks, and also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.

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