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The big debate: Obama’s news conference

‘As bad as (George W. Bush) was . . . at least you knew it was him talking. (Obama’s) lips only move to what others tell him to say.’ – 3998

The story: Seeking to impart his message ever so precisely, President Obama employs a Teleprompter at his press conference this week to read a prepared statement about the economy.

Your take: In what universe do Obama’s oratorical skills compare poorly with that of his predecessor? In the little universe that is the Tucson Citizen online community, of course.

Some representative comments:

• “(George W. Bush) speaks from the heart about saving American lives against a sworn enemy who vows our destruction. . . . Here comes a robot, a Teleprompter reader.” – Okla. Wildcat

• “Think of (the Teleprompter) as a binky . . . something BHO just can’t do without. Again, a sign of his inexperience. He’s not a great orator; he’s a good reader.” – Tucson James

• “Let’s spin the Obama Wheel-O-Rhetoric and . . . create his next speech: crisis, change, hope, bold, transparency, mistake, greed, swiftly, invest, inherited, look, failures.” – Scotty F.

• “Let’s be fair. . . . I bet numerous presidents have read off of Teleprompters.” – John7294



For Thursday, March 26

1 Arizona bobcat attacks three people, including two in bar.

2 Eye doctor convicted of hiring hit man sues state after prison beating.

3 Fewer pets euthanized at local shelters.

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