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Obama St Patrick's day teleprompter blunder?

A teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick's Day celebration.

Obama and the Irish PM share the joke during their joint address

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.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Mar. 18, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (39)
  • 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.

    Earlier in the day, the president claimed an Irish ancestry, saying his mother's family could be traced back to Ireland.

    He joked to Cowen: "We may be cousins. We haven't sorted that through yet."

    Speaking in the Oval Office, he told the Irish premier:"Not all Americans are Irish but all Americans support those who stand on the side of peace and peace will prevail."


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • The fountains at the White House were dyed green for the day at the request of the First Lady and guests at the cocktail reception drank green sparkling wine from a Californian vineyard.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon from Northern Ireland and Maggie McCarthy, a traditional Irish dancer and musician from Cork, and the vocal group Celtic Thunder all attended.

    Mr Obama joked about the free-flowing bar and warned his guests not to wear lampshades on their heads in front of the cameras.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • I wonder what he is really like without the teleprompter telling him what to say....He's our Howdy Doody President.

    Answer by timelessglass at 2:29 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • Oh! I could have SOOOO much fun with Mr. Obama, if I were a White House staffer in charge of proofreading his speeches....JUST as he was about to go live! LOL

    I mean c'mon it's one thing to keep an "outline" of your speech on the teleprompter, in case you lose your train of thought, it's another to be completely dependent on the damn thing!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 2:30 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • Well, this is the straw that broke the camel's back, I finally regret voting for him. Please people, you are all so petty.

    Answer by gramsmom at 2:32 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • I doubt anyone expects you to regret voting for him grams.Even the stuff that should not be considered petty by no means is excused.I assume this was posted for humor.Mr teleprompter

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:35 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • Rush just called him TOTUS Teleprompter Of The US lol

    Answer by miriamz at 2:38 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • President Teleprompter to the rescue... dun dun daaaaaa

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:38 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • Oh for crying out loud. Perhaps we should elect the person writing his speeches to be president!! After all...that seems to be the person with all the intelligence!! LOL

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • Oh come on, this stuff is FUNNY! Are you ultra-libs going to accuse us o fbashing Obama whenever he does something funny? We never kept you from laughing at Bush and his famous blunders, of which there were plenty. We even laughed too. Get over yourselves and crack a smile.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

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