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Obama loses the crutch

Did anyone else notice something about President Obama's opening remarks? He spoke without a TelePrompTer. He did so clearly and with a depth of knowledge that escapes most people in a plain-old staff meeting. Imagine doing that with lights, cameras and the nation watching. (Okay, so maybe it might be just us nerds in Washington watching. But it's not like this is on closed-circuit TV.) Might I also point out that he didn't have to jot down his talking points on his hand. So, folks who crack wise about Obama's reliance on his glass-paneled crutch, give it a rest.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 25, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
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President Obama needs to ditch the teleprompter as much as possible. He's smart and he has an amazing command of the facts. He's been way too dependant on it, and hopefully he won't end up like like LBJ when he was president. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says LBJ went everywhere with his telepromper and he even called it "mother."

Posted by: pjsilva | February 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter how many times he speaks spontaneously, articulately and intelligently--the right will never stop the teleprompter comments.

Posted by: lizgwiz | February 25, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Teleprompters have been used since Reagan took office. So, for the right-wing crackpots to even mention teleprompters is pure idiocy, not to mention hypocrisy.

At the CPAC circus last week, Marco Rubio derided the Prez' use of the teleprompter while reading his very own speech ... from a teleprompter.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 25, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Only in the topsy turvy Alice-in-Wonderland world in which the Republicans want us to live could being articulate and intelligent, with or without a teleprompter, be considered to be a negative after 8 years of a President who couldn't string two sentences together!

Posted by: fmjk | February 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Simple enough not to use the thing when he's in front of a bunch of kids. Maybe he finally learned that much.

Posted by: kls1 | February 25, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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