Is Obama a Ventriloquist Dummy?

Ed Lasky
For years, some people have ridiculed Barack Obama's reliance on the teleprompter. The Presidential teleprompter even has its own blog.  Critics have alluded that perhaps the world's greatest orator is not adept on his feet. Certainly, recent evidence of this idea can be found in his reluctance to hold press conferences or interviews (except, recently, in such high-brow outfits as People magazine and Entertainment Tonight). Certainly, when he is off on his own we see his true thoughts (people are "lazy," small town people are "bitter clingers," "you didn't built that") and his true agenda ("spread the wealth,"  "shared prosperity," "flexibility" when he does not have to think about reelection). But there may be more to the reliance on the "telly" than is usually assumed. What if, literally, Barack Obama does not even really know what is in the speeches when he gives them? I was reminded recently of a series of emails that were uncovered that dealt with the efforts by the...(Read Full Post)

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