Posted by: Rick | Monday, September 26, 2011

Teleprompter Blues

One of the staples of conservative “comedy” is mocking the fact that Barack Obama uses a teleprompter. For some reason, this is supposed to be hilarious. I know this makes no sense, but right-wing humor — aside from being very unfunny — is also very stupid. It goes with the territory, I guess.

This, however, is funny:

Speaking yesterday at a gathering in Florida, Governor Rick Scott decided it would be funny to tell a joke about President Obama using teleprompters:

The first-term Gov. Scott (not known for his public speaking skills, to be sure) started reading his speech off a set of prompters at the podium. As he started talking, the state GOP sent reporters the prepared version of his remarks.

You know where this is going.

From the prepared remarks (complete with what appear to be prompter directions to emphasize the joke):

“Good afternoon, and welcome to Presidency 5!

“I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I looked out here. I saw all the TV cameras and a teleprompter. I figured President Obama must be here — giving another speech about raising taxes!”

Wow. Maybe Governor Scott should have memorized this one.

And by the way, instead of making lame jokes about Democrats and teleprompters, why don’t Republicans tell us what was strapped to George W. Bush’s back in 2004?

"Shut up, Karl -- I'm trying to think!"

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