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A short history of the teleprompter

Since there seems to be some confusion lately about Presidential use of teleprompters, I thought I'd clear up some of that.

The teleprompter was invented in the 1950's by an actor. It replaced the cue cards in use at the time- teleprompters allowed the speaker to make eye contact with the camera, whereas cue cards always left the speaker looking slightly off to the side.

Let's list all the presidents who have used teleprompters, shall we?

George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George H.W. Bush
Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford (and in fact, his teleprompter frequently contained cues telling him what physical actions to use along with the words!)
Lyndon B. Johnson
John F. Kennedy
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Harry S. Truman

In fact, *every single President* since the invention of the teleprompter, including Republican heroes like Reagan...except for Richard Nixon. He used notecards and memorization, but he also was not a natural extemporaneous speaker, and prepared painstakingly for every event.

So can we tone down the teleprompter rhetoric? Unless you want to say every President since Truman (except Nixon) was some sort of cheater for not memorizing every word they said, there's no call to be criticizing Obama for using a highly useful tool for public speakers.

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  • tewaz1 2009/09/08 06:37:12
    tewaz1
    +3
    Obama could donate a kidney and a lung to an orphan born with AIDS and people would be demanding to know how the surgery was paid for and criticizing him for saving a child who was obviously homosexual since she or he had AIDS.
    I don't envy his job, no matter what he does, people are going to spin it into an atrocity because hysteria sells, and has become a way of life for these people.
    Great post Louisa! Keep on calling the BS when you see it!

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  • tewaz1 2009/09/08 06:37:12
    tewaz1
    +3
    Obama could donate a kidney and a lung to an orphan born with AIDS and people would be demanding to know how the surgery was paid for and criticizing him for saving a child who was obviously homosexual since she or he had AIDS.
    I don't envy his job, no matter what he does, people are going to spin it into an atrocity because hysteria sells, and has become a way of life for these people.
    Great post Louisa! Keep on calling the BS when you see it!
  • Louisa tewaz1 2009/09/08 13:36:44
    Louisa
    +2
    "Hysteria sells." I think that's a great way to sum up the media these days. Fox reports something in an accusatory, far right tone. The other "leftist" networks then report breathlessly on the growing controversy, unwittingly lending the ridiculous strength.
  • Gwama- Patriot † In God We... 2009/09/08 03:31:24
  • Louisa Gwama- ... 2009/09/08 03:55:14
    Louisa
    What...is that even supposed to BE?
  • Gwama- ... Louisa 2009/09/08 03:56:09
    Gwama- Patriot  † In God We Trust †
    +1
    I found it ..I liked it.. I posted !!LOL
  • dico 2009/09/07 03:31:33
    dico
    +3
    Nice try.... is not working.... all presidents used it once in a while..... Obama is now fused to it.. it even goes to town hall meeting.. working presidents obama fused town hall meeting
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/07 03:34:50
    Louisa
    +2
    You're being led by a biased media. Obama is no more or less reliant on a teleprompter than Reagan was. In a country where every small comment by the President is pounced on by a jackal, sensational media, control over the message and preparation for speeches is paramount.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/07 03:41:17
    dico
    +2
    not true.. and you know it..

    you are all getting very desperate now...
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/07 03:44:40
    Louisa
    +2
    You know...what smacks of desperation are the people harping on the President's use of the teleprompter, trying to dredge up comparisons between the President and Nazis, and fussing over the man taking a weekend off. There are more important issues to be worried about, but hey...the media loves whatever sells the story to the most viewers.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/07 03:50:45
    dico
    +2
    oh give me a break.. you were all bitching and moaning if Bush took a leak..
    the freaking Russians are in our waters and O on vacation does not give a shit...

    can not mess up a prima-donna's vacation...

    the CIA has to handle everything..this idiot is too busy smoking crack.. and don't deny that.. I know ppl who have smoked it with him...
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/07 03:52:45
    Louisa
    +2
    You are so full of it. You don't know anyone who has smoked crack with the President, because the President does not smoke crack.

    But you know what? I actually agree that the media spent too much time harping on the trivia of Bush's presidency while real issues didn't get enough screen time.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/07 05:10:04
    dico
    +1
    hell yea I do...but that is not the point. The presidents only used TelePrompTers during formal address to the nation... O uses them at town all meeting... and when he was in Europe.. very embarrassing for us all
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/07 19:08:39
    Louisa
    +2
    Again: the media is spinning this out of proportion. Nobody cares about it but RWNJs here at home. The Europeans don't care. They love Obama! Nobody else in the world gives a damn if he uses notecards, cue cards, teleprompters, or rote memorization to give a speech or answer pre-scripted questions. It is NOT new. If you think it is, you're fooling yourself or being fooled.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/08 02:28:54
    dico
    +1
    really.. not my friends in Europe.. he is the laughing stock in many towns...they tell me about 20% duped like him.. the rest call him the 1st white president who is playing black...
    And I know ppl from almost every city in Europe...
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/08 02:35:41
    Louisa
    +2
    So you know people who smoke crack with the president, and you know someone from almost every city in Europe.

    Fascinating. How very cosmopolitan you are.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/08 02:40:18
    dico
    +2
    lady... you know not who I am.. so in order to not look like a jerk withhold judgement on who I know...you will end up looking like a jerk...
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/08 02:46:37
    Louisa
    +1
    You are either a compulsive liar or someone prone to wild exaggeration. And I'm basing that on observation of what you've said here on SH. Tone it down; no one can take you seriously when you're saying stuff like that.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/08 02:48:28
    dico
    +1
    ok.. whatever you say dear!!! hahahaha
  • Louisa dico 2009/09/08 02:55:37
    Louisa
    +1
    Sweetie...there are tens of thousands of cities in Europe. You do not have friends from most of them. No one does. I'll rely on the actual news for Europe's opinions on Obama...and the polls show he's very well-liked over there, whatever anecdotal evidence you claim to have.

    Seriously, stop lying. It's not a good habit to get into. I used to live with a compulsive liar; it became unbearable and basically ruined her life.
  • dico Louisa 2009/09/08 03:55:26 (edited)
    dico
    +1
    news from Europe. you mean the state controlled MSM..

    darling as I say.. you look like a jerk.. you do not know me.. yet you call me a liar. you know me not....so live in your fantasies if it make you get through he night...perhaps you want to add some heroin to that

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