The Problem Isn’t The Idiot Boards, It’s The Guy Reading From Them

Former Vice President Walter Mondale has offered up a bit of unsolicited advice for Obama:

“He uses these idiot boards to read speeches in television, and I think he loses the connection that he needs emotionally with American voters,” Mondale said in an interview set to air this evening on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, according to a transcript from the network.

“Idiot board” is a term used in television and movie production to refer to boards held up for performers to read off.

“If you’re looking at the teleprompter, you’re here, you’re here, you’re here and you’re — your audience is right there,” Mondale said. “And I think he needs to do more of that.”

Actually, I think Obama does a pretty good job of speechifying with the help ofhis “idiot boards.”  In certain settings it does give you the impression he is following a tennis match, but overall it works for him.  And without the teleprompter, Obama often goes off the rails and says something he will later regret.

In any event, the reason Obama doesn’t connect with people is not style.  It’s the product he is trying to sell.  People don’t want it, and they would like to return the one they bought last November. 

Moreover, many voters are realizing that Obama doesn’t connect with people because he really doesn’t relate to them.  Obama views voters as his subjects — often unruly and difficult subjects — not his equals.  

As a result, the more people see of Obama, the less they like him.  He would be better off staying out of the public eye and avoiding any discussion of controversial policies for a while. 

Via Hot Air.

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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