Friday, March 27, 2009

Making sense

Don't have a lot of time this morning but wanted to point you to a sensible article over at Townhall by Michael Gerson. He takes on the Limbaugh Conservatives current obsession with teleprompters and President Obama's use thereof. And he basically says it should be no big deal.
Obama's goal at his recent news conference was less elevated -- to express his thoughts on the economy with precision, as he faces a crisis in which a stray word could have a tremendous cost.

During a wobbly first two months, Obama has had many problems. But using an autocue isn't one of them. A teleprompter speech represents the elevation of writing in politics. And good writing has an authenticity of its own.
He's not wrong. But I doubt his message will resonate with Townhall readers for two reasons.

One, he attributes to Obama good speeches; but our buddies at Townhall presumably think that Obama's speeches have been lousy.

Two, he is mildly critical of President Ronald Reagan's ability to speak extemporaneously.

If I think of it I'll check in the comments sections later on.

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