Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Don't worry, I got what it takes to cure him.

Help me understand something if you could.

Are we supposed to assume Obama is stupid because he uses a teleprompter? And why are we supposed to take accusations of stupidity seriously when they are made by people who are part of a political party that celebrates stupid (Bush, McCain, Palin, Quayle) as a matter of principle?

I'm seriously at a loss here.


Arkonbey said...

Things "they" forget:

1) With the exception of allowing a speaker to visually engage his audience more, how exactly is a teleprompter different from notes? Nearly every good speaker often uses notes. FDR, JFK and Regan can all be seen looking down at their podium occasionally.

2) Obama is actually a good speaker without a teleprompter as well. How many of his engaging stump speeches had teleprompters? He was great on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's "not my job" segment back in '05 (and he says 'um' 98% less overall than Condoleeza Rice)

3) Can it be said that NO Republican politician used or uses a teleprompter or notes?

Randal Graves said...

Oh, stop. Look at how flustered Hathaway got when Kent walked in front of his, and he was so-called s-m-r-t.

lisahgolden said...

Do you suppose they are attempting to pay him a compliment? I mean - they loved their inarticulate, bumbling idiot of a prezdint with the faux cowboy swagger, anti-intellectual crusaderism and put on southern accent.

Or maybe they are afraid that black is the new smart.

Anonymous said...

They criticize him for speaking well and carefully, after spending eight years with the worst speaker in history as their frontman.

Arkonbey said...

"Or maybe they are afraid that black is the new smart"

tell me you came up with that because it is awesome.

Don Snabulus said...

I watched the speech and most of the questions, but not the post-mortem TV idiocracy.

Obama is smart and speaks to the reality he wants to during these events. This is a huge improvement over Bush.

However, I find it sickening that not one reporter questioned the wisdom of Geithner's "of bankers, by bankers, and for bankers" plan. Economists I respect say it is ineffective at best and disastrous at worst, but 24 hours later nobody thought to address a plan that made the Dow climb several percent in one day as the beneficiaries celebrated their bounty.

Also, there is talk that companies like Goldman are publicly returning public money that they would have to answer to the government for and instead pulling it out through AIG to get the same financial benefit without the oversight.

Somebody sure could have asked about that.

Perhaps the President has good answers for this stuff. I would like to have heard what we had to say.

Don Snabulus said...

(oops) ...what HE had to say.

Lockwood said...

Typical Rovian politicking... attack the enemy on his/her strengths, reap the "controversy," and distract the sheep. Some of them will be convinced, on the strength of noise, that there's some truth to the charges, otherwise there would be no controversy, right?

All you need to do is 1: ignore the noise, and 2: watch Obama in an unscripted press conference. Don't play their game.

Dr. Zaius said...

Teleprompters are evil because they believe in abortion and evolution, of course.

lisahgolden said...

Oh, my daughter Garbo is dying to know which Nick who your brother is on. She's on a constant IV drip of their programming.

Life As I Know It Now said...

Fake outrage for a fake issue. I agree with Don--more questions need to be asked and answered that truly matter.

Ubermilf said...

I am going to allow Snabulus to take over any and all political comments for me.

Also, yes, which Nick show?

Distributorcap said...

because Glenn Beck has really run out of brain cells