Why The Teleprompter Matters

The fact that Barack Obama has trouble speaking without a teleprompter has become a running joke.

Obama's teleprompter

But, many people are no doubt wondering why it matters? So what if he can’t talk without a teleprompter? What does it prove?

Well, here’s why it matters.

Most people make a fallacious assumption: that eloquent, witty speakers are also great thinkers. Now, sometimes that assumption turns out to be true and the silver-tongued devil is also brilliant.

However, just as often, some of the most articulate, forceful speakers you will ever run across can’t think their way out of a paper bag. This country is full-to-bursting with seductive speakers promoting tragically bad ideas.

That brings us to Barack Obama.

There are undoubtedly millions of Americans who voted for him because he gave a good speech and they believed that anyone capable of sounding that good, also must be really competent and smart.

If those same people conclude that Obama can’t talk off the cuff and only sounds good because he’s reading a script, they may lose confidence in him and his plans. Given that he’s a radically liberal incompetent who is hellbent on methodically wrecking this country’s future with his agenda, the more people who question whether he can really talk — and, therefore, to their way of thinking, must be really smart — the better.

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