May 27th, 2009
08:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden takes dig at Obama over teleprompter use

(CNN) - Joe Biden couldn't help but take a dig at his boss Wednesday when one of the vice president's teleprompter screens fell down during his commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

"What am I gonna tell the president?" Biden said as a gust of wind knocked down his left teleprompter. "I'm gonna tell him his teleprompter is broken. What will he do then?"

The off-handed quip immediately drew laughter and some the loudest cheers of day from the graduates.

Obama has long been criticized from Republicans for at times appearing over reliant on a teleprompter, even during short and informal speeches. During the White House Correspondents Association dinner earlier this month, the president himself poked fun at his penchant for using a teleprompter.

"You know I had an entire speech prepared for this wonderful occasion, but now that I am here, I am going to try something a little different - I am going to speak from the heart," Obama said jokingly as his teleprompter rose from the floor.


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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Kevin Denver Colorado

    If this president didn't have to watch every little word he says he wouldn't have to rely on a teleprompter. His will be the most scrutinized presidency ever.

    May 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Tina,NC

    I love Biden gaffes and all!

    Now, let the hate being in 5...4....3...2...1.....

    May 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Steph

    This is so funny! I love how Obama and Biden can make a stupid right-wing mantra into an ongoing joke.

    May 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Marie in California

    if he didn't have his teleprompter, Obama would be....well......speechless. I wonder if he could manage even a complete sentence if his teleprompters were turned off.

    May 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Bubba

    Keep chuckling while Newt's stomach acid perforates his ulcers . . .

    May 27, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    Unlike his boss, Biden doesn't need a teleprompter to say stupid things.

    May 27, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Jeff

    ...Joe Biden uses a teleprompter?

    May 27, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. John in Ohio

    Everybody in politics uses teleprompters. People have criticized Obama for using teleprompters *while using teleprompters*.

    May 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Kevin Denver Colorado – you are sooo right. If President Obama wasn't so scrutinized over every little breath he takes he wouldn't have to watch every word he says. gwb talked with all the intelligence of a second grader and he wasn't lambasted as much as this president. By the way, no insult meant to second graders, most of you have it going on more than the former president.

    May 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. JOSEPH BUTTACAVOLI

    Like i keep telling everyone Obama is nothing but an empty suit. Thank god for telepromptors.

    May 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Paulash

    I can't wait for the Obama hate to pour in over this lighthearted article. GLEE!

    May 27, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Kim

    Nothing to see her.......move along.

    May 27, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    Obama speaking from the heart is the same thing as trying to milk a bull, the equipment is just not there.

    A liberal with a heart, ha ha ha, yeah just like a liberal who believes minorities should be free to choose their own beliefs, views, and ideology. Like a liberal who believes in personal responsibility, liberals who show so much compassion toward their fellow Americans in the blue states.

    Take me to this bizzaro world, I might just be able to morally vote Democrat.

    May 27, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Brian

    WE love Joe Biden, he speaks the truth!

    May 27, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Chris

    @Junior Kim

    That's a very dangerous thing to say. No one, NO ONE in this country should ever be muzzled for what they say; freedom of speech is what makes this country so great. Shame on you.

    May 27, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. JT

    Tina – I love Biden too. Countdowns are so 5 years ago. Please – no more.

    May 27, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    let the whole teleprompter thing go............what is the big deal...........Obama is not very bright, and needs some help.......all of us need help occasionally

    May 27, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. The Broker.

    Bend in the breeze Biden. Just like his boss.

    May 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Nero

    Having a teleprompter is one thing; using it properly is another. There is one thing for sure, our previous President could not use one and if he tried; he'd say the same stupid things. Go figure!

    May 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Chi Town

    You know somethings wrong when a complete joke like Biden is making fun of you.... LOL

    May 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Dawn

    Well Joe I am so sorry about the telepromter.

    Obama and Biden is Kennedy and Johnson. there was alot of friction there also. Like I said Biden has directions in his breast pocket, "Open mouth and insert foot."

    May 27, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. flybyshoeing

    I suggest that all of you who think using a telepromter matters that you take your hateful selves over to CSPAN and watch President Obama's interview on Newmakers. Then go get a life.

    May 27, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. kst

    nonsense story! Lets talk about Sotomayor and the repubs.

    Newt, Rush, and Romney are the same three who keep talking and complaining..... constantly! Anyone figured this out yet?

    May 27, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Skip, a black man

    Joe Biden for President......

    May 27, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Claudia in Houson

    Republicans criticize the word criticize, they ain't got nothin better to do with tax payers money.

    May 27, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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