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Conan: President Obama 'doing fine without his teleprompter'

By Michael Krebs     Oct 19, 2011 in Entertainment
TBS talk show host Conan O'Brien demonstrated for his viewers how President Obama has been faring since thieves stole the president's teleprompter.
President Obama has certainly taken his knocks from his peers in the Republican Party for the president's reliance on his teleprompter, as the Washington Post illustrated on Wednesday.
“Obama ruined the teleprompter for the rest of the politicians,” Fred Davis, a Republican media strategist told the Washington Post.
The jibes were intensified after a truck containing White House equipment, including President Obama's teleprompter, was stolen earlier in the week.
As Virginia's WAVY reported on Tuesday, the president's teleprompter, podium and some audio equipment were among the items stolen.
The incident did not escape the attention of President Obama's critics or of comedic late night television host Conan O'Brien.
"Thieves in Virginia, this is true, stole a truck containing President Obama's teleprompter," O'Brien said. He then cued up a clip of the president giving a speech without his teleprompter.
White House officials insisted that nothing confidential or sensitive was among the stolen items, but the end result for the Obama administration was broad mockery.
“It’s a negative because it’s a sign of in-authenticity," Davis told Washington Post. "It’s a sign that you can’t speak on your own two feet. It’s a sign that you have handlers behind you telling you what to say.”
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