obama's teleprompter

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TELEPROMTER

Nhiều người ca ngợi hết lời sao anh Dù giỏi thế, không những thuộc thơ Việt Nam mà còn thuộc cả nhạc Việt Nam. Thì biết là cũng có người gà bài viết hộ diễn văn nhưng thuộc tên danh nhân Việt Nam vanh vách đọc không nghỉ thì cũng quá khủng, lúc nhìn sang trái lúc liếc sang phải mà nói không nghỉ. Chả bù mấy bạn ở Việt Nam lần nào cũng cầm giấy đọc. Thực ra anh ấy không chỉ có người viết hộ mà còn có người nhắc vở. Mình nhớ năm 2009, cái máy nhắc vở bị rơi vỡ thế là anh ấy phải rút sổ ra đọc. Thật ra cái máy nhắc vở đấy rất đơn giản mà không ai làm cho lãnh đạo Việt Nam. Văn phòng chính phủ mà mở thầu thì mình cung cấp giải pháp ngay. Cái máy ấy dân truyền hình gọi là TelePrompter, gắn ngay trước máy quay, sử dụng công nghệ trong sách Vật lý phổ thông về nguyên tắc tạo ảnh ảo nên chỉ người đọc nhìn thấy còn người đối diện lại chả thấy gì cho nên mình cứ tưởng mấy cô MC nhìn chằm chằm vào máy quay mà đọc thuộc, hóa ra chỉ toàn nhìn chữ.

Cái của Tổng thống Mỹ dùng thì có gọn nhẹ hơn để khỏi lộ nhưng về bản chất thì cũng chỉ là một máy chiếu hắt lên một tấm kính dựng 45 độ. Tổng thống dùng hai cái hai bên nên cứ quay sang trái quay sang phải trông rất hoành tráng nhưng thực ra cũng chỉ là để nhìn màn hình khác cho đỡ mỏi cổ thôi. Thực ra không phải mỗi Obama mà chính trị gia nào cũng dùng cả thôi, kể cả Reagan, Clinton, Bush hay Trump, vì họ không có nhiều thời gian để ghi nhớ nhiều việc như thế cả

Shadowing Scott Horsley, NPR White House Correspondent

On Wednesday morning, the President slept in.

Or rather, that was the guess of Scott Horsley, White House correspondent at NPR, when I arrived at his press booth that morning nestled below ground at the base of the White House. He had grounded this claim in two clues: first, the President had just returned from a trip to Asia and, second, the press pool call-time was at 11 a.m., not the typical 9:30 a.m.

I’d learn this and other tidbits as I shadowed Horsley for one day. The first bit of excitement came with the briefing by the press secretary, Jay Carney around 1 p.m. I was most excited to witness the briefings up close. Did Carney banter with the press? (Yes.) How did the reporters interact with one another? (Minimally.) Was there free coffee? (No.)

Since Horsley was busy working on a story about raising the minimum wage, he showed me to the assigned NPR seat in the briefing room. It was in the second row, directly in front of the podium.

“You can ask a question,” Horsley said as he went back downstairs.

 

I sat down next to Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and The New York Time’s Michael Shear. The front press row contained a lot of pin-striped suit jackets. In any case, Carney walked out at 1:20 p.m., made a joke about his body clock and Asia travels, and made an announcement about President Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe. After taking a few questions, he called on ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

Until this point, the mood had been collegial. Then Karl returned to an earlier question about the Benghazi attack that left Americans dead in 2012. New documents had been released about talking points and whether the attack was claimed to be a spontaneous reaction to an Internet video or a planned terrorist attack that we should have guarded better against. This was not a new debate, only new documents.

The email in question listed a goal: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.” Carney claimed those points were regarding general unrest in the region at the time, not specifically the Benghazi attack.

Things got heated:

Karl: You knew full well that these Sunday show appearances were going to be dominated by the attack in Benghazi, right – as they were?

Carney: Well, we certainly knew that that would be a big part of the shows –

Karl: A big part, or the primary thrust of those shows. 

Carney: Jon, I –

Karl: You just had an attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi; you had Americans killed. You knew full well that what Susan Rice was primarily going to be asked about was about that attack – a terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Carney: Can I read the promo from your show, ABC “This Week”?

Karl: You can read all the promos you want.

Carney: Jon, Jon –

Karl: You don’t acknowledge that these shows were going to be about the Benghazi attack?

Carney: Absolutely. About – Jon, absolutely. And that’s why, as members of Congress did, Ambassador Rice relied on points about the Benghazi attack that were produced by the CIA.

During the exchange, they interrupted each other. Carney sighed and shuffled papers, pleading to finish a sentence. At one point, Karl leaned forward in his chair getting ready to reply as Carney started talking faster to get it all in. 

This is what I was there to see, the subtle human drama of the briefings. The push-and-pull between the press and the president’s office. Something less scripted, if only slightly so. It may have been a game – Karl didn’t get the answer he probably wanted – but there in that little room packed with journalists, cameras and the White House press secretary, I sat in the second row watching a tiny piece of history unfold.

I couldn’t dwell long. The briefing ended after a few more questions. Then I was shuttled to the East Room of the White House to hear the President deliver remarks on the minimum wage. In the lobby, a military man played a baby grand piano. Inside, chandeliers heavy with crystal hung overhead. I stood behind a press line, peeking at the teleprompter as Obama spoke.

Then it was over and I was back in the booth with Horsley, who’d been picking out quotes from Obama’s speech as he spoke. He lined up the clips he would use, recorded his tracks and worked with an editor back at the office as All Things Considered aired live. He had to finish before the second hour of the show to get his piece in on time. It was tight timing, but he didn’t seem stressed.

After he finished, Horsley tuned into the show and we listened. The piece opened with a clip of people cheering before Obama spoke, something I had just heard for myself. Horsley’s voice came in:

“There was a campaign atmosphere in the White House East Room this afternoon with supporters of a higher minimum chanting, ‘Raise the wage,’ and President Obama scolding Congressional Republicans who kept the issue from reaching the Senate floor,” Horsley said.

As the piece ended and Horsley signed off, so did I.

– Jessica Glazer. NPR News. The White House.

VIDEO: Most articulate President in history sure says "uh" a lot

He’s supposed to be this great orator, but I’m just not seeing it.  This is clipped from yesterday’s press conference on Iraq. Obama says “uh” over 140 times.

Enjoy:

If this were a drinking game, we’d all need liver transplants.  Without his beloved teleprompter, Obama is about as well spoken as Chewbacca.