Will somebody please tell me how anyone - much less the President of the United States - can read an entire speech and not know that they are reading the wrong speech? The answer: It's easy if you're just a good teleprompter reader. Get a clue, America, your emperor has no clothes...
March 18, 2009
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.
It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.
Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: "That's your speech."
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.