Florida Governor Uses Teleprompter To Tell Joke About Obama Using Teleprompter
Speaking yesterday at the Republican P5 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!“[emphasis in the original]
First of all, someone needs to tell Scott that the “Obama uses a teleprompter” jokes stopped being funny about two years ago. Second, the teleprompter is a tool and criticizing a politician for using it is kind of lame. Third, if you’re going to tell a joke about the President using a teleprompter, it would probably be a good idea if you weren’t reading it off a teleprompter.