We conservatives make fun of President Barack Hussein Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter. His speeches are scripted. He is quite good at reading a script as if he were talking off the top of his head. But he is very bad at actually talking off the top of his head. Because teleprompted eloquence is, by definition, artificial, Obama believes that his real wit and insight are appreciated only in extemporaneous exposition. His lack of judgment is only fully illustrated when he is off it and his more extreme ideas are candidly expressed. His real views have shown mostly from unguarded moments when he talks without his teleprompter, and therefore sounds quite conniving and very shallow.
We learned about Obama’s true views toward Israel when he was caught on an open microphone with French president Sarkozy rudely ridiculing Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, and when he snubbed Netanyahu at the White House. Also revealing was the statement by the Palestinian foreign minister to the effect that Obama administration officials had advised the Palestinian leadership to “sit tight” during the election year until Obama no longer need face the electorate, and thus its displeasure for forcing concessions upon the Israelis.
Only after he was caught on an open mike assuring Russian President Medvedev that after the election he could be “more flexible” with Putin did we start to become worried about Obama’s naïveté in dealing with the Russians on arms control, short-changing the Poles and Czechs on missile defense, and not quickly dropping his failed reset diplomacy.
Obama’s unscripted comments about the Supreme Court are quite revealing. He gave an impromptu speech that Supreme Court justices are, “…an unelected group of people” who should not, “…somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law, an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
Impromptu bows to a Saudi sheik or a Japanese monarch provide insights into the sort of multilateral, we-are-all-equal worldview that Obama envisions for America.
As for healing and unity, something Obama promised during his 2008 campaign, he has said (unscripted), “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” “Get in their faces,” “tea-baggers,” and “punish our enemies.”
Consider Obama’s private call to Sandra Fluke and his remark that he did not wish his daughters to grow up in a world in which a Rush Limbaugh defames women. Yet he somehow forgot that he accepted $1 million from misogynist Bill Maher.
Yes, it’s true that other presidents have revealed themselves through off-the-cuff candor. Reagan’s anti-Soviet feelings were behind his open-mike joke “We begin bombing in five minutes.” Such revelations about other presidents makes it all the more striking in Obama’s case, since rarely has a president’s ideology been so at variance with his public persona. In other words, what he reads and what he says are two entirely different things.
If we have a choice between an eloquent delivery of someone else’s neatly crafted liberal ideas and Obama’s ad-hoc revelations of his own hard-left worldview, it is no wonder that most of us prefer the teleprompter.
But that’s just my opinion.