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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Who’s Watching the Watcher?

Another embarrassing teleprompter incident at the White House on St. Patrick’s day leaves the O thanking himself for throwing a great party. Even Maureen Dowd takes him to task for needing a teleprompter to feign anger.

Jon Meacham infamously observed that Obama "watches us watching him". Maybe this imperial quirk is not about the creepy detachment of our president channeling John F. Kennedy, but simply a case of a teleprompter junkie looking around for his next fix. (Caution: the link above is a 20 minute clip,with Meacham’s comment 10 minutes in. But if you have time to watch 3 grown men hopelessly fixated on the same love object, it’s a hoot.)

On the other hand, O’s reliance on the teleprompter might be altogether benign. Look at his previous careers: his focus as a community organizer was on preparing himself for public office. As a state senator he spent most of his time running for US senator, and 3 of the 4 years he served as US senator were devoted to running for president. Perhaps he’s now preparing himself for his post-White House career: MSM talking head. He’d be great, and Chris Matthews could enjoy that tingle every night.

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