July 23, 2016 |
In the end, Donald Trump took the conventional route. For one night, the Apprentice host-turned-contender chose to dance not with the fractured rhetoric that brought him, instead embracing that despised machine - the teleprompter - he once said presidential candidates shouldn't be allowed. Wearing a shiny red tie and standing behind a lectern trimmed in his trademark gold, Trump accepted the Republican nomination in a speech that departed only occasionally from text released earlier in the day, declaring that for the "people who work hard but no longer have a voice, I am your voice.
September 7, 2012 |
Bomboy is Editor-in-Chief of the non-partisan National Constitution Center Former President Bill Clinton lit up Twitter, Facebook and websites last night as people grew deeply concerned - about the fate of his teleprompter. The teleprompter has been a part of presidential campaigns since the 1950s and every president since Dwight Eisenhower, with the exception of Richard Nixon, has used one. In recent years, Republicans have criticized Barack Obama as the "teleprompter president," a claim they would never likely use against Clinton. Last night, the Democrats distributed copies of Clinton's nomination speech just before he took the stage.
April 30, 2011
Hubert J. Schlafly Jr., 91, who with two colleagues invented the first teleprompter in the late 1940s - a rudimentary device that has since evolved into computerized text scrolling across screens - died April 20 at a hospital near his home in Stamford, Conn. On Dec. 4, 1950, actors on the CBS soap opera The First Hundred Years turned their attention to a motorized scroll of paper lined with half-inch letters, mounted inside what looked like a suitcase and controlled by a stagehand.
May 8, 2009
THANK God Arlen Specter has left our party. (Please take John McCain and daughter Meghan with you.) He's the most liberal "Republican" ever, and I still don't believe the "single-bullet theory. " God help us with King Obama in command, with his TelePrompTer and Joe "Plugs" Biden at his side. Jim Della Vecchia, Philadelphia
April 3, 2009 |
The writing was on the teleprompter. You know how the con works: The candidate ad-libs his way through countless debates, wears a jacket most of the time, and keeps the laughter to a minimum. Then he gets elected president and bam! - he's revealed for what he is: a teleprompter-reading, jacketless, laughing guy. Thank God Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and others pointed it out, and then pointed it out some more: This new president, who promised us change, reads his speeches from a teleprompter!
April 1, 2009
POOR DAN Cirucci ("TelePrompTer 101," March 29). He can't bring himself to criticize President Obama's policies or priorities, so he criticizes the president's use of a Teleprompter as somehow indicative that he's not up to the task of leading the country. I guess Mr. Cirucci prefers presidents who need note cards to talk to their own cabinet (Reagan) or who mangle the language while consistently telling us lies (Bush 43). By Mr. Cirucci's standard, Bill Clinton, who flawlessly delivered much of a State of the Union address while the TelePrompTer displayed the wrong speech, is a master.
March 30, 2009 |
What's one of the first things you think of when I say "Barack Obama"? Gifted orator, right? After all, it was his speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention that catapulted him to prominence in the first place. And ever since then, he's electrified the nation and the world with his oratorical prowess. That's the quickie version of the Obama the Orator story. But what if I told you that the president actually isn't a very adept or versatile public speaker. Would you believe me?
August 28, 2008 |
Tonight, Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination for president. With the benefit of the TelePrompTer and impeccable choreography, the Illinois senator will bare the soul that he and his advisers have prepared for public consumption. It will no doubt be a first-class production. Entertaining, even moving. It's instructive, however, to review two other attempts by Obama to show the public his inner self. The first came in a 2004 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times' religion reporter Cathleen Falsani when Obama ran for the U.S. Senate (http://falsani.
February 4, 2000 |
Maybe he should make a video next year. Despite using a TelePrompter and serving up a tax cut, a massive blight-removal program and more money for kids, Mayor Street, in his budget address yesterday, left many City Council members a little cold and did little to distinguish himself from his predecessor. In fairness, Ed Rendell's budget addresses were often long, tedious, statistic-laden affairs. Street's speech was shorter, but like Rendell he is less compelling reading text than ad-libbing.
August 16, 1996 |
She stood there in the new yellow suit that her mother had bought her, a dental office manager from Roslyn, Pa., choking down the anxiety she felt as she looked at thousands of faces in the mammoth San Diego Convention Center. But as she began to speak, she could feel the anxiety leaving her - replaced by the anger that came just in recalling Aug. 23, 1993, when a 16-year-old who had been visiting a neighbor's house crept through her window and into her bed and raped her. "Words cannot describe the 45 minutes of terror, the helplessness, the violation," Jan Licence told the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.