May 27th, 2009
08:15 PM ET
6 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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  1. Tulsa

    LOL.... I LOVE IT!!!!
    As some have said here, these guys have a great mutual respect and affection for each other. As for the righties who think he can't say a word without a teleprompter, LOL..... I'd like to see you try to hold your own against him.
    Writing a speech (himself) and delivering it well (by means of teleprompter) conveys every detail of his thoughts.
    I know you don't understand..... you don't have to. 80% of us DO UNDERSTAND and LIKE IT!

    May 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. JOSEPH BUTTACAVOLI

    What happened cats got everyones tongue.

    May 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Graphixer

    Do you fault a musician for reading sheet music? Relax folks.

    In any event, the people here dogging on Obama have obviously never seen any of his press conferences...you know, those things where the press asks questions and the president answers those questions off the top of his head?

    May 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. MD

    I was wondering when the stories of discourse between the President and VP would start.

    I was so proud when President Obama got elected but I knew that the media and old white men (Cheney, Limbaugh and Gingrich) would do all they could to make the next 8 years pure hell...

    Please stop trying to make something out of nothing....

    May 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    LOL.... I LOVE IT!!!!
    As some have said here, these guys have a great mutual respect and affection for each other. As for the righties who think he can't say a word without a teleprompter, LOL..... I'd like to see you try to hold your own against him.

    Writing a speech (himself) and delivering it well (by means of teleprompter) conveys every detail of his thoughts.
    I know you don't understand..... you don't have to. 80% of us DO UNDERSTAND and LIKE IT!

    May 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. walleye

    The GOP likes to take swipes at Obama, but if they read his books as I have done, they may learn something about being a decent, caring and humble person. Some traits the last POTUS could have used instead of his "mission accomplished" remarks.

    May 27, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. James, Phoenix AZ

    Dubya could not even speak coherently WHEN he had a teleprompter.

    Check out the spelling, grammar and punctuation of the hate-filled blogs on this site.

    It speaks volumes.

    May 27, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Tulsa

    to Fan of common sense,
    He writes his own speeches.
    Ever see him at a press conference? You could learn a thing or two about listening, thinking the question through and then giving a coherant and comprehensive answer.... yes, without a teleprompter.
    Moron.

    May 27, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Messiahsaurus

    Jesus Christ JOSEPH BUTTACAVOLI !!!! You need to get a life man. Any person with just limited intelligence knows what a miraculous happening Obama has been and will continue to be for this country. I believe there is no one more in touch with what it takes to survive this country and its pitfalls. The harder you losers push, the higher he will rise.

    I'm just feeling boogered up because your numerous redundant comments are published here like an instant message conversation.

    May 27, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. James M. Holmes

    Republicans are all upset Obama uses a telepromter... because Bush couldn't... You have to be able to READ first!

    May 27, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Tulsa

    to JOSEPH BUTTACAVOLI May 27th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

    Boy, you gotta lotta problems..... not the least of which is, stupidity.

    May 27, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. A.G.

    That was soo funny! He recovered well though.

    May 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. McFly

    Hey Joey Butts ... what's your excuse?

    May 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter

    Yeah, Obama's dumb. He must have been president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at U of Chicago because of affirmative action. Yeah, that's the ticket. George W. Bush was way more intelligent than he is. Have a nice day!

    May 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Sasha

    And of course, no one ever bothers to remember that virtually every public utterance and speech by "The Great Communicator" was prescripted.

    May 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. BJC

    Obama doesn't write his speeches for those uninformed people!
    Yes, He reads very good.
    Too funny Biden, get ready to go to the wood shed once you're home!
    Obama the narcissist doesn't like to be made fun of.

    May 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. patricia campbell

    Obama can't talk without a prompter. Neither can Biden. Neither has the ability to do anything but read it word for word.

    May 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. linday

    Joey,

    Change the " hood," yourself! Don't depend on Obama to do it.

    Get involved. Involve your neighbors. Clean up your own neighborhood with community action. QUIT complaining and do something.

    May 27, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Georgio

    How did President Obama do in both Primary and general election DEBATES?????????????????. Did he win both Primary and General election because he was using teleprompter and the the other candidates did NOT?????????. Do news reporters and the talking heads in television use teleprompter I wonder!!!!!!!!!. At least Mr. Obama can speak incomplete sentence even if he is using this equipment...this is fine by me!

    May 27, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. gregory C.

    Obama says that he will read from the heart without a teleprompter. That means all the speeches he has made with the teleprompter have not been from the heart. ie does not care about the issues we face.He just feels good standing in front of the camera.

    May 27, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    @Karl in SLC May 27th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

    You are so right!
    The numbskuls don't even know when they're being backhanded!
    lol..... Gotta love it!
    Kind of like having a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent though.... Joe and BO should take it easy on them.

    May 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. enoughisenough

    Messiahsaurus-Can you please share some of what you are smoking????? You cannot honestly with a straight face make such comments.

    May 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Proud Member..Party of No

    Did you see the pictures of Barry taken while he was a student at Occidental College? lolol...man, what a geek.

    May 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. DaveNate

    Joseph Buttacovoli, Bush did let us down. How else would you describe a successful attack on American soil that was predicted, warned about in detail, yet happened anyway?

    9/11 was a failure on the part of George Bush. There is no other way to spin it.

    May 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Joe in Austin

    it requires self-confidence to have fun in this way. bush people never had fun. being wrong all the time will do that to a team.

    May 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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