President Obama is weaning himself off his teleprompter.
At recent campaign events in Pennsylvania, Virginia and again Monday in Ohio, Obama spoke to crowds in high school gymnasiums and at crowded outdoor events without his teleprompter, instead using written notes.
The difference is dramatic. Instead of turning in his characteristic manner from right to left and back again, reading from the two sloping, clear-plastic planes of his teleprompter, Obama has glanced down at pages in a binder on his podium.
Wow, what a dramatic difference! His head no longer appears as if it’s on a swivel and he appears as if he’s a normal human being. He can relate to us!
Well, now that he no longer has to pretend he’s anything other than a hard-left demagogue, there’s clearly no need for TOTUS. He’s now free to speak his true feelings.
Team Obama thinks the switch, or partial switch — the president is not giving up the teleprompter entirely — will help him better connect with voters.
So now expect a round of “Hey, Romney’s using a teleprompter” stories ridiculing him while cooing over Obama “growing” while in office.
Critics have mocked Obama’s routine use of the teleprompter, including in speeches to schoolchildren. And the new use of written notes appears intended to trade away the smooth, distant demeanor of teleprompter rhetoric for a little more immediacy and vigor. A senior administration official acknowledged the shift in the president’s style, saying Obama is speaking “more extemporaneously.”
Yes, this is an actual news story. Remarkably it goes on for 22 more paragraphs. Unreal.