Obama's teleprompter commits mutiny during major science speech
Just when the teleprompter gets out of the news...
Maybe President Obama's teleprompter wanted more coverage. After all, last month it was getting a ton of media attention. Especially when the teleprompter was retired temporarily in favor of a giant IMAX-type screen at the president's last press conference.
Today, the teleprompter broke the moratorium and got back in the news cycle.
The president was delivering a speech at the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting. In the remarks, Obama promised a significant increase in spending on science research.
"I am here today to set this goal: We will devote more than 3% of our GDP to research and development," the president said.
"We will not just meet, but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the space race."
What will the investment in science mean? Cool stuff.
1. Solar cells as cheap as paint.
2. Green buildings that produce all the energy they consume.
3. Learning software as effective as a personal tutor.
4. Prosthetics so advanced that an amputee could play the piano again.
"I fundamentally disagree," he said.
"Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment and our quality of life than it has ever been before."
So far, so good. But then the jealous teleprompter demanded equal time.
When the president was announcing the members of his science and technology council, the teleprompter froze up.
Not having note cards, what else could the president do but admonish the TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) to knock it off.
"In addition to John.... sorry, the..... I just noticed that I jumped the gun here," Obama said.
Then he laid the smackdown on the teleprompter.
"Go ahead and move it up," he demanded of his machine. "I'd already – I'd already introduced all you guys."
Anyway, the full text of the president's speech follows the video...