Claim: Photographs show President Obama using teleprompters to talk to a group of elementary school students.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, January 2010]
Apparently there is no venue too small to require multiple teleprompters. I saw these pictures and first thought they were photo shopped, but it ends up they are actual pictures from Obama talking to an elementary school classroom. And they made fun of Bush’s communication
Origins: On the morning of 18 January 2010, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan paid a visit to the Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia, in order to announce plans for a proposed expansion of the president’s “Race to the Top” education reform initiative. During that visit, President Obama and Secretary Duncan held a chat with about thirty
school’s classrooms, and the president delivered a statement to reporters about the “Race to the Top” competition.
Barack Obama (during both the 2008 presidential campaign and his subsequent time in the White House) has often been spoofed and criticized for his frequent reliance on teleprompter devices when speaking in public. The
On that day President Obama and Secretary Duncan answered questions posed by some
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