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Saturday, November 6, 2010

They thought Obama was a trained orator ...

In all likelihood that will be silver-tongued Barack Obama's opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. But to help him pronounce Hindi words correctly will be a teleprompter which the US president uses ever so often for his hypnotising speeches.

According to parliament sources, a technical team from the US has helped the Lok Sabha secretariat install textbook-sized panes of glass around the podium that will give cues to Obama on his prepared remarks to 780 Indian MPs on the evening of Nov 8.

It will be a 20-minute speech at Parliament House's Central Hall that has been witness to some historic events, including first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's "tryst with destiny" speech when India became independent.

Obama will make history for more than one reason during the Nov 6-9 visit. This will be the first time a teleprompter will be used in the nearly 100-feet high dome-shaped hall that has portraits of eminent national leaders adorning its walls.

Indian politicians are known for making impromptu long speeches and perhaps that is why some parliament officials, who did not wish to be named, sounded rather surprised with the idea of a teleprompter for Obama.

"We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact," an official, who did not wish to be identified because of security restrictions, said.

Obama is known to captivate audiences with his one-liners that sound like extempore and his deep gaze. But few in India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks. (Continues here)


Janis said...

After listening to the entire planet going on about how Americans could have been so stupid as to be taken in by W, watching them all with egg on their faces for having been taken in by this dipstick -- and knowing that I with my American accent and Yankee obnoxiousness wasn't! -- gives me an incredible sense of SMUGNESS. If I get any smugger, I'll have to call myself a progressive!

Anonymous said...

Namaste, India, it's show time! You will soon see that Obama just reads from the script and plays the part. Nothing is real... he's a make-believe president, not an orator, but an actor. And a bad one at that... he can't even memorize his lines!