Politicians read their speechwriters’ text on translucent screens, teleprompters, giving the appearance of spontaneity and intelligence. But what happens when these fail?
Donald Trump said their use by politicians should be forbidden. I second that! We would know the speaker well if it were not so staged. You guessed it, Trump does not use a teleprompter; every word is ex-temporal. This authenticity, warts and all, is now cherished by the public. Decades of pernicious lies have rendered the honest gaffe respectable.
So here is Obama at the point of teleprompter failure as he is attempting to bash Trump.