Politics & Government

Web news: Obama's Teleprompter has started a blog

Now this is a story you won't read in the Mainstream Media.

On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh was making fun of President Obama on the air, needling him about some recent Teleprompter screwups — particularly one at the White House's St. Patrick's Day party where the wrong speech was loaded into the prompter and Obama began thanking himself for inviting himself to the party before he realized what was wrong.

Since there was no new multibillion-dollar bailout to assail, Limbaugh mock-seriously went after the Teleprompter, barking out interrogatories like a Congressional committee high on subpoena ink: "There's a rumor, Teleprompter, that you send out a small shock to the president when he mispronounces words or mangles phrases you tell him to say, or that you can even make him cough. Is that true? Teleprompter, in private, is Joe Biden as buffoonish in private as he is in public? Tell us!"

Mildly amusing, as long as you're not a member of the People for Ethical Treatment of Technology or something. But then...the Teleprompter answered! Barack Obama's Teleprompter Blog appeared on the Web Wednesday, jibing back at Limbaugh as a technoboob ("He sometimes speaks from notes, and often off the top of his head"), offering tips on interpreting nuances in the president's speeches ("when The Big Guy says, 'Secretary Geithner is doing a great job,' it's not a laugh line") and brooding about rivalries on Obama's staff ("There are some folks in this place who are pushing for Barack to go out there alone. Sans me...Are they insane? With this rabid press corps constantly looking to pin Him down for every friggin detail about obscure legislation like the TARP funding?")

And get this: Not only does Obama's Teleprompter blog, he Tweets! Geeze, I hope nobody has left the nuclear codes lying around. This could be how the world ends, not with a bang but an unstable Teleprompter channeling HAL from 2001.

Read Glenn Garvin's Changing Channels blog.