Biden ribs boss for teleprompter use
May 21st, 2013
08:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden ribs boss for teleprompter use

(CNN) – He’s often chided by Republicans for his frequent use of a teleprompter during speeches, but on Tuesday President Barack Obama got some friendly teasing from his number two.

Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month, asked for the teleprompters in place for his remarks to be taken down.

“You can’t tell Barack that the teleprompter’s down,” Biden said, according to pool reports. “The standing joke in the office is Barack’s learning to speak without a teleprompter; I’m learning to speak with one. I apologize for the teleprompter.”

It’s not the first time Biden took a dig at his boss’s overreliance on the device: In 2009, he made a similar joke when one of his screens fell down during a commencement address 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?"

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Cephus

    How can a dinosaur use TelePrompTer the guy too ancient for that.

    May 21, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. JustIMHO

    Wow...Joe Biden is on the TOP of the list of people who would BENEFIT from using a teleprompter – ANYthing that could help him curb his wild remarks.
    (talk about foot-in-mouth disease....!)

    May 22, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. Thomas

    Can he be vice president under Hillary ?

    A three time VP ?

    Would that be a first ?

    Or will Kerry be VP and Joe Biden Secretary of State ?

    May 22, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  4. Catmandew

    Obama's speech makin machine. Say it isn't so Obama would actually have to remember his speech then. We might actually get the truth out of him if he didn't have that blasted machine! Then he would have to know his speech material.

    May 22, 2013 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  5. jimmyjo

    You cant make this stuff up.

    May 22, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  6. Name lynn

    vice president biden is full of jokes not hate, an thats the way it should be not fighting against the president because of his skin color an hes a good president an husband and father.

    May 22, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |