Teleprompters weaken political speeches
The use of a teleprompter by political figures has mushroomed in recent years. Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to use a teleprompter in his 1954 State of the Union address. Fast forward to President Obama, who almost always uses a dual-screen teleprompter in delivering speeches. Obama has perfected it to an art form, earning the moniker, "Mr. Teleprompter." Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently turned to the teleprompter in an attempt to keep "on message." Despite some improvement, Trump often conveys the impression of a spectator watching a long rally at tennis match.
In my view, speakers that rely heavily on a teleprompter often seem to be merely spouting words, in contrast to presenting ideas and concepts. Often, they come across as performers focusing on style at the expense of substance. Many seem to be almost android-like — a human robot regurgitating a script crafted by some on-the-payroll speech writer. Many of these modern-day, teleprompter-dependent politicos would be better served by studying the style and substance of great orators like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Winston Churchill.
Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never, never give up.” George Carlin: “On my tombstone, this epitaph: ‘George, why he was just here a moment ago.” Hillary Clinton: “What difference does it make now anyway?” Donald Trump: “Make America greater.” Who, when called by one of your own government employees to send emergency help fast (leave no one behind!) would react how?
Leadership and response really does matter. Vote in 2016.