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  • Retired_1998T Retired_1998T Oct 19, 2011 4:50 PM Flag

    Teleprompter of the United States Stolen, Recovered

    Teleprompter of the United States Stolen, Recovered

    The teleprompter of the United States was briefly kidnapped recently, along with a truck filled with audio equipment and a podium belonging to the White House in Henrico County, Va. The truck, the teleprompter and the equipment were soon recovered.

    So far law enforcement does not know who stole the truck or why.

    The jokes about President Barack Obama losing the power of speech, as he is notoriously reliant on his teleprompter, came fast and furious. According to The Week, Dennis DiClaudio of Comedy Central opined the president had declined to comment -- for obvious reasons.

    The blog purported to be written by the Teleprompter has given a harrowing account of its kidnapping. His captors, whom he names as Jamie and Lloyd, explain they had been big campaign bundlers for the president and were now miffed. Who, after all, in their right mind would have raised money for a man who has tanked the economy as thoroughly as the president has.

    In any event, whoever the thieves were, they ditched the truck filled with the teleprompter, the audio equipment, podiums and some presidential seals in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express. It is unknown whether anything has been stolen.

    In all, the resolution of the kidnapping/theft was for the president's benefit. Unlike previous presidents such as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Obama is notoriously unable to speak off the cuff.

    This may be an example of technology giving people abilities they ordinarily would not possess.

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