The chuckleheads at the Conservative Political Action Conference nearly soiled themselves with delight the other day as they guffawed at this snarky comment from Sarah Palin about Barack Obama:
“Mr. President, we admit it: you won. Accept it. Now step away from the Teleprompter and do your job.”
Of course, this was just the latest in a long line of such comments from right-wingers who seem to think that none of their heroes use Teleprompters.
The irony — nay, hypocrisy — in this case is that Palin’s speech to the CPAC crowd was read from a Teleprompter, as the photo above makes clear.
There’s nothing ignoble about using a Teleprompter. The device is simply a substitute for text or notes written on paper or cards. On at least one occasion, Sarah Palin found herself without a Teleprompter and referred instead to notes she had written on the PALM OF HER HAND.
Every American president in the past 50 years has used Teleprompters, as have all the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. Even Ronald Reagan, the so-called Great Communicator, regularly used Teleprompters — and occasionally mangled his verbiage when he didn’t have one.
Here are few photos of prominent politicians using Teleprompters: