Obama’s legacy: When did the teleprompter break?


CHARLOTTE, NC, May 23, 2014 — Historians may have a tough time trying to determine certain aspects of the Obama presidency. There is no doubt that he is the first black president. School is still out as to whether Obama is the worst president, but Jimmy Carter has been a lot happier lately.

The real question about Barack Obama that may be debated for decades is when did the teleprompter break?

Watching the president do his best to explain away the latest scandal involving the Veteran’s Administration was a classic case of hubris in action. Barack Obama does not resemble a Greek tragedy, he is one.

“Fast and furious” have taken on new meaning since the early days of Obama’s administration; (speak) fast and (act) furious.

During that period of relative anonymity the current president was regarded as the “Great Black Hope” whose oratorical skills established a vast legion of followers who believed he was the reincarnation of Demosthenes. In those days Obama was considered a Messiah. Today he just a “mess.”

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Under normal circumstances there would be those who empathize with the president’s fall from grace. Yes, there are still some, most of whom would have followed Jim Jones to Guyana too. Some people never get the message do they Harry and Nancy and Eric?

But these are not normal circumstances and Barack Obama has never truly grasped what being an American is all about. He does not realize that the people he represents resent it when he takes his victory laps or any opportunity to chastise an opponent, even when it has no relevance to whatever happens to be the talking point of the day.

When it happens too often, Americans revolt. If you don’t believe it, ask the NFL why they are imposing penalties on players for hot-dogging in the end zone after a touchdown. Why does a major league pitcher throw at a batter’s head after he prances around the bases following a home run? “In-your-face’ is unbecoming, especially in a president of the United States.

The words are no longer eloquent Mr. Obama. They are just sad. They are tired. They are filled with venom and vitriol. Everything is political. The world is against you. And yet you continue to wonder how anyone could dispute the grand plan you had to remake the United States in your image?

“Nobody is madder than I am” says Obama.

“There will be consequences.”

“Let me be perfectly clear, we will get to the bottom of this.”

“I am outraged.”

The words are all too familiar, all too repetitive. The statesmanship is gone because there never was any statesmanship in the first place.

The president is a mirage. Watching him wriggle and writhe and worm his way out of every situation has become trite. It’s old news.

You get the feeling the president gets up in the morning and spins the Wheel of Fortune to decide which scandal he will deal with that day.

So when did the teleprompter break? When did all that eloquence that mesmerized throngs of the American people disappear into the pathetic mumbo jumbo we witness now on a weekly basis?

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Rush Limbaugh would tell you it began on day one. That is when he saw right through the most transparent administration in history.

Others took longer. More than four years for some, in fact. Because Obama was re-elected.

Was it after al-Qaeda died? Was it while he was painting red lines in the sand? Was it during the making of that notorious YouTube video that set the entire Middle East on fire?

Maybe it was when the president promised to fix the VA before doing nothing. Or possibly when he was trying to find more letters for the alphabet because he was running out after the NSA, the IRS, investigations by the CIA and FBI and the American people who could see what was happening were shouting “S.O.S.”

The words have been empty for a long time because they never really had any meaning to begin with. They were, in the end, only words.

It is sad to see someone fall from such lofty heights. Especially when they have squandered the opportunity to do something unique, something grand.

But in Barack Obama’s case, opportunism got in the way of opportunity, and while there will still be the usual hangers-on who will cling to the last remnants of his oratory, the truth will ultimately prevail.

The saddest thing, however, is that most people have lost the capacity to empathize. Rather they will simply feel sorry for someone who let greatness slip away because he was too ruthless to recognize the potential for something remarkable.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).

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    excellent article! It truly is a shame it has taken so many this long to figure out how bad Obama really is…

    • thinkingabovemypaygrade

      Sadly I suspect many many more still blindly believe Pres. Obama…

      • bob machaffy

        sad isn’t it, and they vote and breed more of the same

    • don

      what is really sad those that have figured it our about our marixs president–does not seem to matter anyway –they still set an refuse to act

  • Wilecoyote

    When has Barack actually see a project to completion? Yeah, he good at reading speeches but that doesnt translate to governing. He’s totally out of his element….. not really sad to watch this man FAIL because we knew it was coming when the media told us that qualifications doesnt matter… in running the country, much like a business, yes, qualifications and experience mattered and Barack’s case, he has neither one…. EPIC FAILURE as POTUS

  • Bren Pool Vignaroli

    “The words have been empty for a long time because they never really had
    any meaning to begin with. They were, in the end, only words.”
    Gosh, I couldn’t agree more! It’s baffling to me how he ever made it into the Presidency…I never thought this man was an “eloquent speaker” as many did. In fact, every time he stood at the podium, I literally felt my eyes glazing over. A lot of empty words and even more…empty promises. I hope folks have finally awakened and if they have, I will give all that credit to the Obama administration for slapping that sleeping giant…even when they didn’t really mean to.

    • Rights_vs_Tyranny

      When he stuttered, CNN, MSNBC, and others proclaimed him an amazing orator. When he went swimming, Christ Matthews swooned over his so-called “athletic” (scrawny) body but couldn’t seem to see the same in Putin. Obama speaks so much better now – I don’t see as much of the stuttering, although the jaw-dropping misstatements still occur – and quickly ignored by “the press”. I think he’s had speaking lessons. That’s good. But it has no effect on improving his understanding of politics even while golfing, nor his ability to handle international crises even while ignoring his cabinet. Do they even meet?

      • bob machaffy

        and add his lies, after lies after lies and they still don’t see

        • don

          its because they would rather live a lie than except the truth

    • Tweetytude

      They were, in the end, only words.” The left believes that words are the equivalent of action

      • don

        tell me then why the right has set an let this marixs tear this nation to threads–we the people DO nothing to stop this destoryer of our freedoms

        • ZaMan

          I’m beginning to see that you have a deep-seated hatred for the black man in the White House. Why else falsely compare him to Hitler?

          There is something about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that brings out the worst in people, and Yesterday, Memorial Day 2014 is no expection. It’s been like this for the last five years, and obviously the Obama’s relationships with white people come as uneasy. The point I’m making is that

          But having spent more than a few minutes on Internet forums, I’m aware that the mere sight of this President enjoying himself brings out the worst in people. That being said, there are plenty of racist people out there that cover up their true feelings about the President by hiding behind Fox News and Rush Limbaugh rhetric. That rhetoric is not in itself racist, but it does provide an effective smoke screen for those who are.

          As I’ve said many times, I admit that Obama lies. He’s a politican…All politicans lies, but what I won’t stand is that he is called a liar by the exact same hypocrites who lie about the President on a daily basis. They lie about his ideology, his birth place, his birth certificate, his religion, his layolity to America, and now, the way he beat Romney in the 2012 election.

          So there you have it…the President of the United States can’t even go for a walk on a sunny day and say hello to some folks without some right-winger getting their panties in a bunch.

          Many people wonder why critics of what they call our “mixed race” president are referred to as racists. Those would be the critics who screamed the “N-word” during debate over the Affordable Care Act and waved pictures of Obama with a bone through his nose. The same people ballistic over Benghazi were silent when 13 consulates were attacked under white President George W. Bush.

          From deadbeat Clive Bundy to Paul Ryan’s moaning about “inner city dwellers,” there has been no shortage of conservatives spouting racial hatred about Obama and black people. Evidently there’s only a problem when anyone observes that conservatives are doing so on a nearly daily basis.

          Obama’s party was socialist as far as conservatives are concerned, but nobody political in america is on the left side of the line.

          Hitler was a totalitarian.

          Try harder.

          the answer is no to every one he also isn’t a communist, marxist and is not destroying America.

          Obama’s father was muslim, but Obama, himself, is Christian but he might have been learnt about islam from his father although.

          You need to grow up!

          1. No, he is not a fraud. Feel free to post any evidence you have that he is. I cannot answer a non-specific statement like that.
          2. No, he is not a traitor. Feel free to post any evidence you have that he has given aid and comfort to the enemy. Be sure to identify the enemy first.
          3. No more than any politician. Politicians have to have some narcissism or they wouldn’t bother to run for office. If you have proof that he is MORE narcissistic than others, feel free to post it.
          4. No, the President does not hate America and the President is not destroying America! Since he has taken office, unemployment is down the stock market is up. Our military is still stronger than the next 15 countries combined. Perhaps you could be specific about what you think he has destroyed. And remember, in most cases, Congress has to do it first.

          If Obama was 1/1000th the tyrannical dictator you claim, do you REALLY think you could talk about him the way you do? NO!

          5. President Obama is NOT a “closet Muslim.” AND Anyone who calls Obama a communist IS a racist R-tard!

          You won’t provide any evidence today, any more than all the other times you have come on here and posted the same untrue statements. Post and run is your only purpose.

          So what else is new about bigots that don’t like a BLACK MAN as President of the USA.

          • Trish P

            ZaMan, I’ve checked you out and find you have copy/pasted this same diatribe over and over to other posts. Almost every comment you made accused others of being racist for objecting to Obama’s policies. You’re a broken record.

          • William Fejka

            Let me see his sealed records and I’ll be on your side. If you see no fraud in this you are as big a bullshi**er as he is.Take a hike zaman you are a bigger fool than most.

    • pandainc

      The second biggest bs’r in history. The first was LBJ. “Muh Feller ‘Merikuns … ” and I was asleep. With this guy, it’s the mesmerizing effect of watching his head bounce between the three teleprompters as he pretends to maintain eye contact. The best line of the blog was ‘the reincarnation of Demosthenes.’ Excellent.

  • masteredq

    I thought that guns across the border, immigration across the border, the IRS scandal, the NSA getting into our privacy, the health care plan(Obamacare), were enough blunders. Now the VA scandal, what next, there is a money tax change coming up 7/1, don’t know much about it but, I can no longer trust, respect, or even listen to this so called leader of ours. We are surely going down the toilet fast. I just hope that we Americans can survive, its going to be tougher then WWII’s recovery. Thank you so much. $^&^&(*()@

    • Steven Wedig

      EXACTLY! !!

  • Troubleshooter

    Obama is just another lying leech.

  • abqblondie2

    Well said. The Emperor does indeed have no clothes.

  • Robert Rivera

    Obama is the result of a very naive, imbecilic society, think “Idiocracy” stupid, that’s the kind of knucklehead that voted for Obama.

  • Cindy Kay

    Fast and Furious have taken on new meaning since… I love this article, spot on!

  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    Pres. Obama has many many many many many people who blindly believe him—even after the mostly bad things he has done/ignored…explained away badly.

    He is NOT a lone case of being brought up with mostly bad hostile “silk shirt” socialist foolish ideas.

    His brilliance and many natural gifts have been distorted by his upbringing, his surroundings (thinking his education at the Muslim school in Indonesia in particular), and his later formal education.

    Which is why…someone like him will yet again get elected nationally, until we realize…we’re dealing with
    …. many who think “You can make up your own truth” and who diligently practice it.

  • Rights_vs_Tyranny

    His is NOT the “first black president”. He is only the first “half-white president”, and the first president that I’m aware of who was born to a polygamist, and I think he is the second president raised with a noticeable and significant lack of paternal nurturing. He isn’t even “half-black” in the sense of “Afro-American” half-black. Those are Americans whose ancestors were born here. Obama’s “black side” is African. Although he had contact with the black community in America, it was too little, too late. Just sayin’.

  • Barbara Straub

    Watching Obama at Bagram at the moment. What an opportunist. Typically he waits for a crisis and then uses it to his own end. What a farce.

    • jlbs

      I disagree. He doesn’t WAIT for a crisis. He and his minions actually DEVELOP a crisis so he and his minions can swoop in and “save the day” …… or try to. Seems they keep trying to pull the wool over our eyes — haven’t succeeded yet.

      • don

        think not?–we see an WE do nothing –but hope someone any one does something–WHEN it us that set an let this all happen

  • Stop to Consider for a moment others in places of our government or not maybe media who are those who are *really running things* Do you honestly think with everything a President does that he keeps his ears to everything that is going on in both America and Abroad? It’s a full time job trying simply to discern *truth* these days, and I mean a Full Time Job, because I’ve been doing it 12-16 hours a day now for the past what 3-4 years.

    So all it would take for President Obama *Not* to know of a situation is for it to be left off his morning briefings. That’s it. If it’s not on his briefing, then he’s not going to know it’s a *big issue* And that is true with any president, not just President Obama.

    The failure, in fact, might not even be with the Presidential Staff, although I would guess someone there is not on America’s Side.

    I’m not asking you to change your mind, not asking you to like him, I’m asking you to consider the possibility the position of President is *not* the most powerful one in the United States.

    • PT

      If Obama missed one item, I might be inclined to agree with you. Yet when the same excuse, and now lame, is “I just learned”, is showing the gross incompetency of the people around him, according to you. If my staff had continuously let me down, I would be firing people and hiring the best I can find. Seeing as that is not happening, I do not for a moment believe the president being caught unaware. People expect the president to be surrounded by bright people, is that too much to ask? More likely, we just have the wrong person in the WH with the wrong staff.
      These are major issues he keeps choosing to ignore, hope they go away and forget about them. Obama is the little kid who got caught and the only answer he can give is “I don’t know”.

      • Have you noticed the decided lack of support for ousting the FCC head, the one who would make the internet a pay for play establishment?

        and I’ve been looking for an answer to the question:

        “Who / What gave comcast the distribution rights to a publically funded venture? (government created the Internet, Our Gov, and the funds ) Do you have any idea’s, or where to look. Even when I ask people I just get this “dumb look” from them like I just asked for their mom’s secrete chocolate chip cookie receipe.

    • Average Joe

      Paying attention to everything here and abroad is his GD JOB! NOTHING else matters. Obama spends his time on the golf coarse and when he’s not playing golf he’s thinking about playing golf. This country would be better off having A PRESIDENT that NEVER played ANY sport than one that dreams of beating Tiger Wood’s. If I woke up tomarow to head lines of OBAMA’S DEAD, I would dance in the street untill I saw Joe Bidden sweraing in then I’d just cry because A moron that aint qulafied to read A childrens book is presadent

  • TJ

    In the accounting profession we are taught what is known as “theory and practice” So it is with the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.. In theory, he looked great. In practice, he is just
    awful! He is however, doing exactly what he was put in place to do: continue the destruction that was started on 9/11/2001. In that regard he is performing superbly! I’m sure the globalists are
    quite satisfied with their choice.

  • Great Grandmas Cat

    Spot on Mr. Taylor! It’s so nice to hear the truth for a change.

  • Ddenney1

    Look, when you campaign in ALL 57 states and pay tribute to cor-p-se men and NEVER did ANYTHING BUT promote yourself with many shills along the way EVENTUALLY you are revealed!!! BUT “At this point what difference does it MAKE” ??? IT MAKES A H#(( Of a lot of difference!!2014/2016 BIG VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard Brandt

    I have always thought of Obama, aka: “His Assholiness” – as Jimmy Carter on steroids. Heaven Help Us All.

  • zemel

    He is not the first black president, people keep saying that. That is wrong, he’s the first bi-racial President. Everyone forgets, or choses to forget that he is half white. His wife is the first black First Lady that is true. As far as his legacy, he failed with healthcare, he divided the nation more between the races, he traveled more than any President and campaigned more. He and his staff covered up a lot of things. He certainly golfed more and he and his family took very expensive vacations. The deficit grew. On the plus side I can’t think of any.

  • can’twaitforchange

    Excellent article.