The Teleprompter President Strikes Again … Barack Obama Thanks Himself in Teleprompter Blunder



What is up with Barack Obama and his teleprompter? Or should we say O’Bama know Obama-teleprompter-smthat he was stated he has Irish ancestry. The teleprompter President has done it again, this time thanking himself during his speech with Irish PM Brian Cowen. For a President that is supposed to be such an accomplished orator, how is it that he does not know what speech he is giving? I don’t remember Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan or Jesus Christ  (scroll down at WSJ link and check out the related quotes) ever thanking them self.

A teleprompter blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick’s Day celebration.

To start the fiasco, the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen began repeating Barack Obama’s speech as there was a  teleprompter malfunction. With a White House that has a President so beholden upon the teleprompter it is kind of bewildering that they cannot run one of these machines better. The fact that Obama uses a teleprompter all the time makes us wonder how he has a staff that has such difficulty using one as people would think it would be common place. It certainly makes us question the professionalism of Obama’s people.


Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House when he realized something sounded way too familiar. Turns out, he was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just given.

Cowen was set to speak twice at the White House on Tuesday night because there were two different parties going on at the executive mansion. No matter — he would give the same speech to the two different audiences.

But Cowen was 20 seconds into his second address when it dawned on him that he was giving word for word the speech that Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Cowen stopped and looked back at the president to say, “That’s your speech.”

To add insult to injury and to further the Abbot and Costello comedy routine of “Who’s on the Teleprompter,”Obama returned to the podium only to start talking to the switched script on the teleprompter and thanked himself. WTF!!!

A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the “teleprompter president” over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.

President Obama, put the teleprompter down … there are 12 step programs for this type of addiction. Exit question: How can anyone be considered an expert orator with continued speech gaffes?

Posted March 18, 2009 by
Barack Obama, Bizarre, Gaffe, Humor, WTF | 37 comments

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    37 Responses to “The Teleprompter President Strikes Again … Barack Obama Thanks Himself in Teleprompter Blunder”

    1. Scared Monkeys on March 19th, 2009 12:42 am

      Would not ya think that an Administration with a President so dependent on a teleprompter would actually know how to operate a teleprompter?

      Just one more thing BO cannot get right.

      Could you imagine if GWB did this? He would be stupid, incompetent and a dumba$$. When Barry O does it, the media laughs it off.

      Does it not worry anyone that a President can’t tell what his speech is? It’s not that Obama uses his prompter as a failsafe during a speech, he literally uses it as the speech.

      BO might as well be a weatherman pointing at the smiling sun and telling us it will be 80 degrees.

      Maybe after this White House gig BO will replace Vanna and be turning letters. ;)

    2. eliz on March 19th, 2009 12:53 am

      Ronald Reagan had alzheimers the last 18 months he was president>He is basically responsible for all our major problems today!

    3. Scared Monkeys on March 19th, 2009 1:01 am

      #2 Get a clue. With thinking like yours, one might say you are responsible for all the major problems of today.

      Thank you for proving us correct about Obama’s inability to communicate. You take a cheap shot at an ex-President who is dead.

      Ya know what sonny … Reagan may have had Alzheimer’s but he never thanked himself now did he?

      What is your Saviour Obama’s excuse other than he is a rank amateur who is in over his head.

      He is the kid who cheated his way thru high school and lands a spot in an Ivy League college only to find out the gig is up.

      It is only a matter of time before his water carrying media turns as this last AIG cover up of bonuses by an Admin that knew about them lost a lot of political capital and trust.

      Obama is what we that he was.

    4. rightknight on March 19th, 2009 4:46 am

      Attempting to systematically break America’s
      Free Enterprise System down in order to replace
      it with Social Engineering is a tricky process.
      Once mistruths are spewed upon the people
      the effort to avoid becoming tripped up in
      one’s verbal jockstrap begins. Teleprompters
      can take the combined input from an extensive
      team of exacting manipulators and feed it
      directly to their ‘mouthpiece’…Neat, huh?

      Please pour another shot of ‘Old 1984′
      for me, thank you!

    5. buster on March 19th, 2009 5:56 am

      You mean Obongo right

    6. Scarrlett on March 19th, 2009 6:19 am

      Almost chocked on my coffee. I needed that chuckle. Thanks

      More serious note..It did occur to me that my brain would indeed pick up the fact that I did not create and express these thoughts in my own head.

      When he stepped so gracefully over Hillary Clinton I knew then and there he was a mere puppet on a sting.

      I wonder?? Could this be the beginning of the horror movie??

    7. super dave on March 19th, 2009 7:07 am

      “UH, PRESENT !”

    8. nurturer on March 19th, 2009 8:14 am

      So this means for the next 4 years, we will have to wait approximately 30 seconds at the beginning of every Obama Q & A, while he’s pulls a teleprompter out his ass.

    9. Mary on March 19th, 2009 8:44 am

      Anybody seen the video? Cspan doesn’t have it.

    10. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 9:12 am

      If #2 had anything relevant to add, it wouldn’t have been an slap to an honorable man like Reagan. Tells me all I need to know about that poster…they are not on my side in life OR in America.

    11. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 9:15 am

      Scarlette,,,hate to tell you, but the machine is IN the White House now. I call it exactly what it is…the communist party hiding behind the title of “liberal Democrat”. I see what they are and what they’re about…it is no longer a secret to anyone who is still a real person and has not become part of the lemming-type masses who prefer government be their mommy so they can do nothing for themselves.

    12. super dave on March 19th, 2009 9:17 am

      the washington post said today that obama was notified about the 165 million dollar bonuses one day before the checks were mailed out.
      now why didn’t he stop them if he is so concerned ?
      the answer is that he doesn’t give a damn about our hard earned tax dollar. with aig lobbying obama, i’m sure he has a pocket full of this money himself. i think the US should check overseas banks and see what he may be hiding.

    13. Michelle Smith on March 19th, 2009 9:37 am

      What a frekkin joke. Does he not read over his speeches before hand? Could he not tell that he was reading the wrong speech? This is the second time he has embarrassed the U.S. with his inexperience.

      #2 WTF? Is that the best you can come up with? You are pathetic. Ronald Reagan was a great man. He had an illness not stupidity like the current administration. Ronald Reagan is not to blame for the current state of affairs. Duh! It’s all on Obama’s head now. GET A CLUE!

    14. Dolf on March 19th, 2009 10:04 am

      duh, Reagan is as much to blame as Clinton and Bush.

    15. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 10:06 am

      Dear #7…Did he need the teleprompter to remember to say “present” I have to wonder? ;>)

    16. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 10:08 am

      yeah, at least our Sarah can remember the lines of her speeches on her own.

      same with old McCain. He could put together a sentence on his own….

    17. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 10:11 am

      I encourage everyone to do an Internet search and read Roosevelt’s Jan 6, 1942 address to congress. You will cry if there is an ounce of real American blood in you. It shows that Obongo (that is the best I’ve heard yet) is the polar opposite of what Roosevelt stood for/believed. He is doing everything that American’s in the 1940′s thought was dangerous to this nation and its sovereignty. Please…go and read it…you will not regret it.

    18. tina on March 19th, 2009 10:28 am

      obama along with the other elected officials are an embarrssment to the american people. the longer they stay in office the worse it gets. they are slowely taking our freedom away from us. they are going to have it so we cannot even change the temps in our homes if we do it will cost us out the yang-yang, heard that on glenn beck, watch that show you will learn alot.

    19. super dave on March 19th, 2009 10:39 am

      “UH, PRESENT!”

    20. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 11:35 am

      yeah, Glen Beck is great. I used to listen to him when he was a local jock in St.Pete/Tampa Bay area. Was just a good back then.

    21. Michelle Smith on March 19th, 2009 11:49 am

      #14 Please stay out of America’s business.

    22. Martell on March 19th, 2009 12:12 pm

      UH UH UH (telepromptor switching to next page)

      BO nothing but an empty suit with socialist puppet strings pulling in many directions….lots of smoke and mirrors.
      If you’re stupid enough to be caught up in the BO moment, then you are the problem.
      Stupid begets stupid.
      Enough of the victim crap. Take responsibilty for you own life. I don’t need BO telling me what’s best for me !!!!

    23. PA Mom on March 19th, 2009 12:47 pm

      Barack Obama is the first Ken doll to sit as our president. The Dems wanted a figure head and that’s what they got. When everyone wakes up to realize that he can’t do this job, it will be to late. The Dems will feed him to the wolves and say he was a bad president. They will blame it on him but remember he is just a figure head.

    24. nurturer on March 19th, 2009 1:28 pm

      #21 – Concerning #14. He is correct. Particularly about Reagan and Bush. They are to blame for maintaining the capitalist standard, which is the ENVY of the world, including the envy of socialist countries like Dolf’s.

      And it is precisely that envy which generates the animosity felt by the European socialists, like Dolf (come on Dolf, come clean) towards the United States and what it has to offer.

      Until now.

    25. Brenda in Virginia on March 19th, 2009 1:52 pm

      nurturer…sad to see you and I are on opposing sides. To say such a thing about Reagan especially shows anomosity for good men.

    26. Michelle Smith on March 19th, 2009 2:21 pm

      Nurturer….I know it’s jealousy. I’m tired of him coming on here and posting garbage. He needs to keep his nose out of our business. We do not want to become a socialist country that’s why I agree with Ronald Regan’s & George Bush’s policies. They were not socialists.

    27. super dave on March 19th, 2009 2:28 pm

      “UH, present”!

    28. Pat in Alabama on March 19th, 2009 6:37 pm

      Well, well, well…

      This just posted on “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNN his department asked Sen. Christopher Dodd to include a loophole in the stimulus bill that let bailed-out insurance giant AIG to keep some of its bonuses. Geithner said in an interview with Ali Velshi the Treasury was concerned the government would face lawsuits if contracts were breached for the bonuses.”

      So they knew it all along! And they still had that witch-hunt with the AIG CEO yesterday! We live in a country run by liars, tax-evanders and clown acts!

      The leaders around the world are surely having a good laugh now, between “overcharge” buttons, CD collections and teleprompter screw-ups. But wait, there’s more to come…

    29. Dolf on March 20th, 2009 2:26 am

      Nurturer, I do not envy the US, to much problems there (bigger then ours).
      Thing is that we here in Europe always held the US on a high standard (the country we looked up too), the Bush admin managed to turn this around completely (thank you Rumsfeld)

      2) Holland might not be the best socialist example, we (US-NL) share the same liberal economic outlook.
      Think you are talking about France

      3) ps. what does the US has to offer that we ourselfs can’t provide?
      Lets not pretent that everything from the US is good (financial meltdown??)

      and for Reagan, he made us feel safe when he was president, under his wings the world changed for the better. However, mr. Reagan also had its faults (like all humans).

      and I am more rightwing that you think.

      make a question form, i will fill it in thruthfully, then you will know where I stand.

    30. ANewGirl on March 20th, 2009 6:24 am

      Excuses, excuses, excuses. So the Obamassiah goes on Leno’s tonight show last night still supporting his boy Tim. Just the fact that so early on the President has to come to his defense does spell out trouble for Geithner….Obama makes a reference to his bowling score of 129 on the White House lanes as being like something out of the “Special Olympics”….how politically uncorrect Obama, or were you merely describing how you and your Treasury Secretary are appearing to the entire Nation right now??? Puhleeze….Americans know better and stop trying to blame everyone else for allowing this to go on right under your noses.

    31. super dave on March 20th, 2009 7:09 am

      democrats knew what was happening especially,barack slowbama. they got caught and tried to lie and crawfish but it ain’t working barry !
      lie to the people then go on the tonight show and laugh about your f$#k up barry, it’s gonna bite you in the ass soon !

    32. super dave on March 20th, 2009 7:25 am


    33. Brenda in Virginia on March 20th, 2009 7:44 am

      thx dolf. I am of the belief our own liberal media is to blame for most of the world view of America that is negative. I do read international news and from the blogging I read, the hatred the liberal democrats pretend exists isn’t nearly as wide-spread.

      No country is perfect anyway.

    34. Waterboy on March 20th, 2009 7:50 am


      It is well known that many of the democrat president’s brains have been on slow burn, and many have suffered from mental illness. Maybe Ronald Reagan had a little trouble remembering things in the end, but he did remember where his ding-dong belonged, and that was in his pants.

      Also, I’d rather have a Republican President with half a brain than a president with 3 brains like Obama.


    35. super dave on March 20th, 2009 2:40 pm

      “let’s see, now what does my teleprompter say”? “uh, present”!

    36. Dolf on March 26th, 2009 10:51 am

      well the news about the US wasn’t that negative (except the news that was negative (shootings, Katrina a.o.).

      The worlds view of the Bush admin was very negative

      But and administration is only there for 8 years, the US will be around a bit longer

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