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Obama To Get Cable Feed For Pressers

From the (always great) Prowler at The American Spectator:

President Barack Obama pauses during a press conference in the ...


By The Prowler on 2.16.09

… [T]he White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser

The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser

Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions. 

"It would be the same idea with the podium," says the adviser. 

Obama had a teleprompter set up for his remarks last week, before taking questions, but the White House couldn’t use the teleprompter for anything but the remarks, because the journalists were so close to the screens. Further complicating matters, teleprompter copy can’t be easily updated in real time, in a setting like a White House press conference

Mind you, as the article notes, this isn’t merely a teleprompter. It is like an IFB (interruptible feedback) earpiece, but even more so.

This will give Mr. Axelrod and his other handlers the ability to feed him answers to the reporters’ questions in real time.

Can you imagine the grief President Bush would have gotten had a tried this?

Mr. Bush was pilloried for wearing an earpiece during one of the debates – even when he wasn’t.

But of course Mr. Obama will get a free pass from our free press.

After all, they don’t mind playing charades as long as it is for a good cause.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

36 Responses to “Obama To Get Cable Feed For Pressers”

  1. proreason says:

    Why not?

    He was fed, clothed, and scripted by his handlers for decades.

    Changing that for the first 26 days has already let the world know he is The Moron.

    Now the puppet show can continue with invisible strings.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    Curiouser and curiouser…

  3. gipper says:

    Ah, heck, just build an animatronic Obama and be done with it. At least then you could eliminate the “uhs” and “ums” in his addresses and The One could go lie on a beach in Hawaii or take Michelle My Belle to dinner using Air Force One.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    He is truly the Manchurian Candidate. That is why they had to include his middle name during the inauguration.

  6. caligirl9 says:

    A like-minded coworker and I were talking about how not smart TCO sounds nowadays. What happened to the great orator during the campaign?

    Now we know, he lost his script and needs to get back on it.

  7. Anonymoose says:

    Gads……and how would the Libs scream if a Republican was doing this? Anyone remember the gripefest over how Bush supposedly wore a wire in the 2004 debates? What’s it going to be like for Obama now? I can picture him in a tense debate as he “sits down and talks” with a foreign leader:

    “America will never…….er…..um…..excuse me, can you move to the side a little bit? Thank you. Now where…..ah, America will never yield, we will stand strong!

    • Barbie says:

      It’s simple – This way George Soros can instruct Obama in ‘real time’ what Obama is to say at press conferences.

  8. Melly says:

    Is he that freaking stupid that he cannot field spontaneous questions from the press on his own?
    Of everything I’ve read about Barry (i.e. who’s his real Daddy, who really wrote “Audacity of Hope,” ACORN involvement, birth certificate mystery, manipulation of the stock market, why is his SS # 100 years old?, etc.) this really annoys the hell out of me; I could just spit!

    Lady Karma…where are you?

  9. Right of the People says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun if you could tap into his system and feed your own answers to him?

    “Mr. President, when will we see the end to this recession?” asked the reporter from the NYT.

    “Uh, uh,” The One pauses then stares and the screen and shakes his head then shrugs his shoulders. “When Vice President Biden and I stand naked in the reflecting pool and chirp like birds. Hey, that can’t be right. Rahm, are you sure that’s what I’m supposed to say?” whined the One.


    • David says:

      humor aside this is a tremendous security risk. We would be one patched cable line from inciting a war. And knowing how this Administration spins but never admits mistakes or gaffs I think Obama would just go through with it.

  10. pdsand says:

    I’ve said all along that he sounds just as dumb when he speaks as Bush is supposed to sound, but he gets fawned over and the lie spread that he is an inspiring speaker, whereas Bush gets ridicule. If you’ve noticed, Obama even has a “smart” face just the equal of Bush’s “big word” face. Whenever Obama says something that he thinks is really smart, he makes a particularly understanding and all-knowing expression, and he’ll often look off to the right or left. See for instance, whenever he said something about companies that need short-term loans in order to make payroll during the campaign, he always made the same expression. I guess it’s just a continuation of the Clinton lip-biting tradition. I guess it’s nice that he’s finally admitting/having it excused as a non-story/accusing the republicans of dirty tricks for pointing it out, that he can’t carry on an intelligent conversation on his own.

    • Melly says:

      Great observations. Bush is not stupid. I believe he had performance anxiety. Did you see his last press conference when all the pressure was finally off his shoulders? He spoke rather well and coherently. Indulging in hindsight here….clear communication to the nation, press, etc. was seriously lacking in the Bush Administration and hurt them dearly.

    • wardmama4 says:

      President Bush spoke well – when he was inspired – I still think his talk on September 20, 2001 was one of the best in Presidential history.

      After that (for a while) I thought he needed to get the speech writer back. But I realized – between 9/11, the horrific attacks both professional and personal that were lobbed at him daily, the continual redicule heaped on him, the lies and distortions – turned him off so he probably did end up with horrible preformance anxiety.
      Obama speaks well only when he has a written speech in front of him (common to most people who lie – it’s hard to keep all the lies straight). He can’t be inspired or have personal feelings for a message/issue because I don’t think he has any other than self-rightousness. And I believe he does lie a lot – watch him – he does not like to look straight at the cameras – even now. He thinks he is better than most people (even when he panders to them by making them think he is just like them). And most of his looks are sheer arrogance and boredom – he too is going to get tired real fast of the constant attention – most especially as his excesses of arrogance are constantly questioned. And his utter stupidity, his corrupt Administration, and of course his constant lies.

      I just hope that we only have 1438 days left of this bogus fraud.

  11. mybrotherkeeper says:

    Insightful observations about Obama’s egomania when making a point! Hope I don’t do that, too!

  12. VMAN says:

    Pretty much everything the libs accused President Bush of being the O hole is. The libs called President Bush a bumbling idiot and the O hole is. Personally I think his Harvard law degree is a sham and that he is truly nothing but a puppet.

    • proreason says:

      None of his school transcripts have ever been published. I wonder why?

      Of course, his State Senate records are also sealed, as are his college papers, and many other official records about his life.

      You know more about Joe the Plumber’s life than you know about his life….except for the two self-indulgent auto-biographies he (or somebody) wrote about him before he was 44.

      Pretty well-controlled story-line, isn’t it? Basically, almost everything you know about him, he and his puppet-masters told you.

      And no wonder! Everything anybody finds out about him that wasn’t written by his handlers is a nightmare for the country.

    • Melly says:

      Editor of the Havard Law Review and he NEVER published an article.
      What is the saying in law school: “Publish or Perish.”

    • proreason says:

      And as a self-proclaimed Constitutional Law expert who lectured on the topic for years, he never wrote an article. (he actually lectured about the injustices heaped upon minorities in this country, but the point still holds).

      Nor did he write any legal briefs in his brief stint as a Civil Rights lawyer.

      And as a legislator, he never wrote a law.

      It almost makes you wonder what is going on, doesn’t it?

      By the way, the author(s) of his “soaring” speeches are never discussed. The impression one is left with is that he writes them himself. Passing strange, I would say. There hasn’t been a major public figure in decades who wrote his own speeces.

    • Melly says:

      Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken

      In, sprinkled with ashes,

      Pop switches channels, takes another

      Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks

      What to do with me, a green young man

      Who fails to consider the

      Flim and flam of the world, since

      Things have been easy for me;

      I stare hard at his face, a stare

      That deflects off his brow;

      I’m sure he’s unaware of his

      Dark, watery eyes, that

      Glance in different directions,

      And his slow, unwelcome twitches,

      Fail to pass.

      I listen, nod,

      Listen, open, till I cling to his pale,

      Beige T-shirt, yelling,

      Yelling in his ears, that hang

      With heavy lobes, but he’s still telling

      His joke, so I ask why

      He’s so unhappy, to which he replies…

      But I don’t care anymore, cause

      He took too damn long, and from

      Under my seat, I pull out the

      Mirror I’ve been saving; I’m laughing,

      Laughing loud, the blood rushing from his face

      To mine, as he grows small,

      A spot in my brain, something

      That may be squeezed out, like a

      Watermelon seed between

      Two fingers.

      Pop takes another shot, neat,

      Points out the same amber

      Stain on his shorts that I’ve got on mine, and

      Makes me smell his smell, coming

      From me; he switches channels, recites an old poem

      He wrote before his mother died,

      Stands, shouts, and asks

      For a hug, as I shink,* my

      Arms barely reaching around

      His thick, oily neck, and his broad back; ’cause

      I see my face, framed within

      Pop’s black-framed glasses

      And know he’s laughing too.


      Under water grottos, caverns

      Filled with apes

      That eat figs.

      Stepping on the figs

      That the apes

      Eat, they crunch.

      The apes howl, bare

      Their fangs, dance,

      Tumble in the

      Rushing water,

      Musty, wet pelts

      Glistening in the blue.

    • Melly says:

      Sorry – I was unable to edit my earlier post. That poetry I posted (as I bet all of you learned people know already) was penned by a 19 year old Obama. We have that original work to grasp onto.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Melly, you provided my laugh for today. I am trying to find one thing to laugh about every day while our nation is under siege.

      I am a bit of a punctuation nazi, and I know that TCO’s “poetry” is supposed to be art, but I abhor the misuse of punctuation at any time! Those poor semicolons!

  13. proreason says:

    There’s one thing the poem tells you for sure.

    His handlers hadn’t got ahold of him yet when he wrote it.

    • caligirl9 says:

      How anyone could have seen any promise in the fool that wrote that poetry is beyond my comprehension.

      Or maybe it’s not. TCO was just showing off what a sensitive black man he was back at the age of 19. Gah! The more I learn the worse it gets…

    • proreason says:

      “How anyone could have seen any promise in the fool that wrote that poetry is beyond my comprehension”

      Nobody saw any promise in that dopey poetry.

      What his handlers saw was (in order of importance):

      – a bi-racial person who isn’t scary looking or particularly dark
      – a skilled liar
      – a big talker
      – an ego-maniac
      – a melodious baritone voice (from smoking of course)
      – someone willing and capable of playing a role
      – a person with no moral framework
      – a ruthless person

      Those were the attributes they looked for. Note that ideology isn’t on the list. The Moron’s puppet-masters have only one ideology – continuance and increase of their control and wealth. Socialism / Communism is their vehicle, but not because they believe it.

      They didn’t pick a woman because women aren’t egotistical enough, and more women than men have morals. Biology gotcha, ladies……if it wasn’t for your genetically inborn traits of kindness, love, compassion and empathy, one of you could be the Fuhrer of the USA right now!!!

    • caligirl9 says:

      proreason, some of us have PMS and in many people’s eyes, that disqualifies us from being able to do most anything …

      But imagine if there was a female in the White House who did have PMS. World leaders would quickly know not to screw with the U.S. about every 28 days or so … after all she would have access to “the button.”

      No disrespect intended to my fellow PMS-ers!

    • proreason says:

      cali: “World leaders would quickly know not to screw with the U.S.”

      Rather than pms, Bushhitler encouraged a cowboy image.

      How many times have we been attacked since 9/11? I must check that out sometime.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Point well taken, proreason. I guess what I should have said was a PMS-ing female is potentially more “dangerous” to the U.S.’s enemies than what’s in office now.

      The number one nation on Earth that needs to be afraid of TCO is the United States, followed by her traditional allies in Europe.

  14. Steve says:

    Melly, we were the first to post Obama’s “poetry” back in May:

    The Poetic Stylings Of Young Barack Obama | Sweetness & Light

    • Melly says:

      Oh I don’t doubt that Steve – that’s why your blog is CPAC’s blog of the year :-) I just wanted to throw his poetry in again to emphasize the irony of the situation. Thanks for the link.
      Platonic hugz

  15. Confucius says:

    Wow. I didn’t know Obama’s colon was that accomodating.

  16. Colony14Author says:


    You stand ON a podium but stand BEHIND a lectern!

    The podium is the raised platform on which the speaker stands. The LECTERN is the usually wooden fixture with the slanted top on which his notea and papers are placed, and to which microphones are often attached.


    • proreason says:

      Whoever Colony14 is, he has the best information about Obama’s life that I’ve ever read. It’s not sensationalized and all his sources are annotated….2000 sources.

      It would take many hours to read thoroughly.

      Bookmark it for future reference.

    • Odie44 says:

      Pro –

      Agree, going through it all right now – just put on a pot of coffee.

      Kudos Colony14Author.

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