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Thieves Steal Obama’s Teleprompters Truck

From the Richmond, Virginia NBC affiliate WWBT:

Thieves steal truck with President’s equipment

October 18, 2011

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has uncovered one of those stories that makes you think: "How in the world does that happen?!" A truck filled with President Obama’s podiums and audio equipment was stolen in Henrico just days before his visit to Chesterfield.

We confirmed an investigation with the U.S. Defense Department.  There are still a lot of questions.  The biggest one being did the thieves intentionally target the President’s truck or did they take advantage of a crime of opportunity and give a big "uh-oh" when they saw what was inside.

When you see President Obama speak, there is a pretty typical setup including the presidential seal on a podium, the see-thru Teleprompter and a portable sound system. Thieves saw the truck carrying that equipment and couldn’t resist the target.

We’re told the truck was parked at the Virginia Center Commons Courtyard Marriott in advance on Wednesday’s presidential visit to Chesterfield.

Sources said inside that vehicle was about $200,000 worth of sound equipment, several podiums and presidential seals, behind which only the President himself can stand.

They told NBC12 around 12:30 Monday afternoon that truck was recovered in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express near the airport and hotel staff confirm police activity.  One guest we spoke with said he saw various law enforcement agencies examining a white box truck parked there.

According to him, the entire back parking lot was blocked off as Henrico Police along with "lots of guys in suits" investigated.  He said the truck had no markings and no indication anything special was inside.  That leads to another big question of whether or not any of that was actually stolen

We were able to get this statement from a Defense Information Systems Agency spokesperson: "No classified or sensitive information was in the vehicle.  We take incidents such as this very seriously and a formal investigation is continuing." …

Given that Obama seems to have able to keep to his rigorous campaign schedule, it is safe to say none of his teleprompters were stolen, after all. Unless he travels with back-ups.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Thieves Steal Obama’s Teleprompters Truck”

  1. finebammer59 says:

    the running joke here today is that the crackheads that stole obama’s equipment were caught as they were giving a speech trying to explain away why their economic plan wasn’t working either.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    “Stolen” –that is just the cover story. In fact, the teleprompters RAN AWAY! The Secret Service is fanning out, waiting on the borders, as the teleprompters speak both Mexican AND Canadian…….and Austrian. ; )

    Related News: Obama will not speak in public until further notice.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Bingo Mith.

      TOTUS pulled a Romer/Orszag and bolted because the manchild it was working under was blemishing its reputation.

      The podiums were just tired of always being used on/as the campaign stump. They’re currently applying for SEIU and ACLU protection.

      Maybe we’ll see them show up at OWS, bringing some much needed literacy.

    • sticks says:

      The teleprompters are heading for various ows gatherings to tell the people what a good job they are doing and how things will soon be much better. The podiums are probably hiding somewhere for sheer embarisment that they wear the seals and the fact that the criminal in chief stands behind them

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Even though after 3 years Conan O’Brien has told 15,000 Republican jokes, and 2 Obama jokes (the coward) he did manage to hit a grand slam recently. I watched this 6 times, and laughed every time.

    Obama without his teleprompters: http://teamcoco.com/video/18257/obama-really-needs-his-stolen-teleprompter

  4. wirenut says:

    After almost 3yrs. of this current “leadership”, I’m not sure who’s proping up whom? Only the best telepromter or podium can bear the weight of our collapse of life ,”as we know it’! Not one to stir the pot, BUT! Do we really need a limp-wristed paper-hanging ankle-biting pantiewaist leading the “THE GREATEST NATION on EARTH”? Two words, F—NO!
    No telepromters or podiums were used, while I was on my rant. You can bank on it. I’am not a racist or a democrat, sorry for any redundancy.

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