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An Inseparable Bond?

We all know that former President Bush was no skilled orator. He certainly gave a few good speeches in his time but, by and large, public speaking was not his forté. On the contrary, many in the media especially seem to consider President Obama to be a master speaker and I’ll certainly agree with that, with one exception. When he does not have TOTUS (Teleprompter Of The United States) with him, he does tend to stumble and sputter a good bit, perhaps not quite as awkwardly as his predecessor but enough to notice that he seems to rely a bit too much on this piece of technology.

Obama now seems to depend on TOTUS so much that he even had to use it when speaking to the media after a discussion with 6th grade students (see above picture). Can the President of our country not even ditch the prepared statements at a school event? This seems a bit much. To be fair, I wouldn’t be surprised if previous presidents have done the same thing but it just seems sort of strange to me that you wouldn’t want to at least appear to be a little more casual when in that setting.

I guess what bugs me the most about this is that it just seems like the President is going strictly by script and not speaking from his heart. Perhaps that’s not really the case but it’s certainly the impression that’s left when you consider his over-reliance on TOTUS. I’m of the opinion that the President might be taken more seriously and at least APPEAR more authentic without having to read the canned statements all the time. It’s time to break this inseparable bond.


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