Obama calls for government shutdown, After truck carrying his teleprompter was stolen

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Max E., Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Max E.

    Max E.

    Obama calls for a temporary government shutdown, After truck carrying his teleprompter was stolen.

    Truck With Obama's Teleprompter, Audio Equipment Stolen in Virginia

    In an ironic twist, President Obama's Teleprompter had an unscripted moment when it was apparently stolen along with a stash of other audio equipment inside a truck awaiting the president's arrival in Virginia.
    The Defense Information System Agency on Tuesday confirmed the theft of the truck, which was later recovered, but said no sensitive information was lost.
    "No classified or sensitive information was in the vehicle," the agency said in a statement. "We take incidents such as this very seriously, and a formal investigation is continuing in coordination with relevant law enforcement agencies."
    The truck was stolen in Henrico County outside Richmond. It was stationed there in advance of a presidential visit on Wednesday, while the president started his bus tour in North Carolina.
    The theft does not appear to be related to a bill by freshman Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., who in February proposed defunding the president's Teleprompter. He pulled his bill after the Congressional Budget Office told Womack it could not estimate the cost of toting around the equipment affectionately known as TOTUS -- Teleprompter of the United States. Womack's office did not have any comment on its recovery.
    The incident was first reported by NBC12 in Richmond. According to the network, authorities found the truck Monday afternoon in a Holiday Inn Express parking lot. NBC12 reported that the truck contained about $200,000 worth of equipment -- including podiums and presidential seals, sound equipment and the Teleprompter.
    A Defense Information System Agency spokeswoman would not say whether anything was stolen from the truck before the thieves ditched it.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...o-equipment-stolen-in-virginia/#ixzz1b95rz1aX
  2. Obama must be speechless.
  3. Ricter


    I was watching WWII footage last night, and noticed how many leaders from around the world used paper. They'd speak a sentence, look down at the paper, look up and speak a sentence, look down, and so on.
  4. Lucrum


    Hitler did that a lot, maybe they do have something in common.
  5. wildchild


    Did they do this when they spoke to a room full of elementary school students?

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  6. Really?

    seems pretty natural to me

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  7. Ricter


    Actually, Hitler was quite good at speaking multiple sentences without looking down at his notes. Just one of the reasons he was considered a gifted speaker.
  8. Lucrum


    So Hitler was even more intelligent and gifted at speaking than Obama. I feel better about our predicament already.
  9. Ricter


    Not necessarily more intelligent, better short term memory, perhaps. And don't forget Hitler's genuine emotional style, an audience will not notice brief lapses when they're being moved to that degree.
  10. Hitler believed what he was saying, so it was easier for him to speak without notes.
    #10     Oct 18, 2011