This is major teleprompter meltdown and a complete embarrassment to the President.
President Obama cannot operate without a teleprompter. It is one thing to use a teleprompter for major speeches, however the man cannot accomplish the simplest tasks, like a three sentence introduction, without a teleprompter.
If it were not for Nick Reed filling in for Vicki McKenna, I would not have heard about this either. Here is the podcast link.
I found the newstory at Sky News.
A teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick's Day celebration.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.
It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.
Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: "That's your speech."
A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.
Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the "teleprompt president" over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.
This is getting ridiculous.
An "accomplished orator" should not have to read everything from a teleprompter.
Worse yet, the US media is so intent on protecting the president, that not one word of this has been said about it here in the US. So far, I have not found one US media outlet that has reported on this.
If this were George Bush, imagine the taunting from the media and the lefties!
What are the chances of finding this on You Tube?