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Chris Matthews Criticizes Obama for Using Teleprompter

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On Wednesday night's edition of "Hardball" (video below), host Chris Matthews echoed criticism of President Obama's Oval Office speech on Tuesday that had previously come from conservatives -- that Obama is too tied to his teleprompter.

Matthews said:
You know, sometimes I really support the president in a lot of his views, in fact all of them almost. But I have to tell you . . . if he doesn't get rid of that damn teleprompter, it's like an eye test. He's just reading words now. It's separating him from us. . . . You go to a meeting with him, I'm told, businessmen are invited to meet him at the White House, he hauls out the damn teleprompter and he reads it to them. Well, why even bring people into the room, just have the teleprompter. I sense it's getting between him and us and I thought that speech last night was a terrible -- well, a great example rather -- of him using the teleprompter instead of his heart and his mind. He was reading words to us that any president could have written, had written for him and delivered.
The narrative that Obama is only a good communicator when giving speeches to large gathering (where teleprompters are more commonly used) has already spawned a blog, Barack Obama's Teleprompter, and a Twitter feed.

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I fail to see how a teleprompter is so terrible. Nobody gives a speech of any duration without some sort of notes. How is a stack of index cards superior to a teleprompter? As I see it a teleprompter is just the computer age equivalent of the stack of index cards. This is a non-issue... and I'm usually a fan of Chris Matthews.

September 02 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Jesus God in Heaven Chris. What is wrong with you? The man reads from a telepromter, past presidents have read from prepared notes on the stand where they are standing, Bush was wired with a remote during one of the debates, Sarah Palin reads from her palm, and you too are guilty. I've noticed that you use a telepromter also, but hey, I guess if you're not the Pres, then it's OK.

September 02 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Mr. matthews, It has taken you how long to come to this revalation? Are you no longer getting the feeling down your leg for your president. His use of a telepromter is pussling given your naritive that Obama 's IQ is off the scale! I would hate to think you and MSMBC are loosing your faith in this president. You see, I too switch back and forth from FOX and MSMBC to see the contrast in "reporting". It always fasinates me to watch you and Olberman trying to put Fox down. Please keep up the entertainment! It's very funny to say the least! Oh, November is going to be such a blast for me!

September 02 2010 at 1:23 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply

I watch Fox News and MSNBC, hoping that between the two, one can come to some valid conclusions. It is puzzling that MSNBC cannot get through a broadcast without throwing a stone, or two or three, at Fox, but Fox rarely mentions MSNBC. Why is that? Does MSNBC believe it raises their stature when they attempt to demean the Fox News reporters and opinionators? Do they ever feel the need to cringe when they review prior programs? The worst is Olberman, but they all seem to find it necessary to take a stab at Fox. Why?

September 02 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +42 rate up rate down Reply
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Would you rather have nobody exposing the blatant lies on Fox. You say you watch both, you should have a better handle on the situation then such as when Beck claims he handled Washington's original draft of his address.

September 02 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse -36 rate up rate down Reply

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