October 4th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Trending: Mondale to Obama: ditch the 'idiot boards'

Washington (CNN) - Walter Mondale, vice president during the Carter administration, has some advice for President Obama if he wants to win a second term: drop the teleprompter.

"He's got to connect with the American people," Mondale said, in an interview with CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.


"The American people have to feel that the president senses the suffering they're going through and wants to be a part of the solution."

One major issue Mondale spotlighted was Obama's use of teleprompters when delivering speeches.

"He uses these idiot boards to read speeches [o]n television and I think he loses the connection," Mondale said.

To improve, Mondale suggested that Obama should do more "backyard events where he gets in close with a small group," which is a strategy the White House has employed recently with the President.

Doing so, Mondale said, will "transmit the fact that he feels for people."

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  1. Penis Enlargement

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    October 4, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Dave, CA

    This is the problem with Barack Obama. He has no experience and he basically does not know what to say. So how can he ditch the teleprompter. Mondale should realize it.

    October 4, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Bush Jr. went through his entire presidency reading from prompters and pulpits. Even during 'town hall' style rallies he had a stand in front of him with his prepared remarks. (you can check on youtube) It worked for him. He won big gains for republicans in both 2002 and 2004 with that style. Why should we expect any politician to try anything different? It's just the way it works.

    October 4, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Vet.

    Come on Mondale, are you for real, if I remember correctly you were one of the most boring speaker I ever heard, I guess thats connecting to the people. Get a life, he can use the teleprompter, teleboard, paperboard or even the telephone, the President is an excellent speaker and he is well conect to the people.

    October 4, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. Kyle

    Why is Walter Mondale giving advice on how to win a second presidential term? He couldn't even win a first.

    October 4, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Mark Borsenik

    You don 't need them!

    October 5, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  7. Eli

    Gee, you'd think Mondale might actually pay attention to reality rather than taking talking points from Rush Limbaugh. How disappointing. Obama has had nearly three events a week for the last month in private homes and backyards, just talking directly to people in the surrounding area and neighborhoods. How is Mondale any better than a man who uses a teleprompter when all he does is parrot the vapid, ignorant rantings of right wing pundits?

    October 5, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    Doing so, Mondale said, will "transmit the fact that he feels for people."
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    ...but he doesn't. Except if those people are the powerful left wing liberals giving him all of his power. The rest of us are roadblocks.

    October 5, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. Steve

    For a man who is supposedly so smart, it is surprising he is so reliant on teleprompters.....

    October 5, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. Dems stink

    Obama can't drop the teleprompter–when he does, he sounds like a (uh, uh, uh, uh, uh) idiot.

    Even with the prompter he's said stupid things. He talked about the army corps (but pronounced 'corpse'), he visited 57 states, he read 5 lines of the visitor's speech before someone stopped him,.... I could live with it if Obama were just a presidential clown, but he's done more damage than that. He's pushed through Obamacare (never addressed actual healthcare reform), he's created a democrat slush fund (ie. stimulus 1, 2 and 3), thrust the US deeper in debt, fired private CEOs, taken over several industries (auto, banking, insurance...), expanded the the Patriot Act,....

    Obama, Pelosi, the crazy union bosses, Reid, Soros and all the other kooks need to be voted out.

    October 5, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. SoArizona

    And Democrats are continuing The Great Recession with NO MORE JOBS

    October 5, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. darla

    YOUR THE IDIOT MR. MONDALE. He already connect with the people by preparing a speech that is well written. I prefer a president that is prepared and can pronounce word clearly than be like Boosh who might not had relied on a teleprompter speech but clearly spoke his mind through his imbecelness. and intonate wrong pronunciations of words clearly. Yeah right he did connect with the people people whose IQ are less than a hundred.

    October 5, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. mike

    He can't do the backyard meetings because the people are calling him out at every turn. No longer can they control who gets in and the questions asked. He's had trouble at the last few that were done. He had the perfect opportunity to come in and set our country back on the right path. He's blown that and even made it worse in many cases. Obama will go down as one of the worst presidents ever and he'll still be blaming Bush for it. He deserves everything he gets. Remember all the morons dancing in the streets when he got elected like he was the savior? The media wanted this guy,the ignorant people wanted this guy and now that he's held accountable his presidency is all but over.

    October 5, 2010 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  14. K. V. Stebbins

    The President has alienated himself from a large portion of American Citizens so they feel betrayed. Getting rid of "Idiot Boards" are likened to a drop of water in the ocean when believing it will help him reconnect with his constituants. There has been too much spending with no improvement and too many breaches of trust for there to be an easy fix. Why does he think there is a growing number of democrats who don't want him to come campaign for them? Has anyone from his own party distanced themselves from the President in such large numbers ever before? Not that I'm aware of in my lifetime!

    October 5, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  15. Julian E

    You don't get Walter. Does not matter whether Obama gives speeches for hours on end without tele prompter? The majority of White America will always belittle his intelligence and caring for all America (especially the lowly placed in the society). OBAMA is seen an "underserved black" person who has the found the opportunity to make decision for the "masters" of destinies.

    October 5, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  16. Cynthia Whitford

    Pres. Obama is the first Pres. that I have felt is in office for the Amer. people and no other reason, such as ego, glory, etc. His use of telepromters is fine. Every other Pres. has used them. I would also like to add this comment "how does any body with a memory get off blaming our current Pres. for the bad economy!!!!!!"

    October 5, 2010 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  17. Twiloguy

    He can't ditch the idiot boards because he himself is an idiot! He will go down as one of the worse presidents in American history and as a divider of races.. Everything he ran on ended up being LIES. Business as usual in Washington.. Billions to his buddies and everyone who voted for him and nothing for the little man except an little welfare and unemployment extension.. he guy is a joke and can't put two sentences together with out his teleprompter!

    October 5, 2010 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  18. Henry

    I never thought that I would ever agree with a mondale; but he's right. So far obama's only been able to connect with the taliban & even they think he's nuts.

    October 5, 2010 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  19. Dave

    Seriously, is this really a big deal? We have a whole host of Republican candidates who can't even tie their own shoes without detailed instructions. Now Obama is getting beat up about using a teleprompter.

    October 5, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  20. AJ

    Walter who?? You mean the one that got trounced by that senile old fool Reagan? Maybe he isnt the best one to be giving advice.

    October 5, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    not in b. Huseeni Obama's life time, Husseni needs to understand We The People dont like him nor do we like what he stands for and We The People rebellion is going to show that on November 2, down with the wanna beHusseni obama.

    October 5, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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