And This Is Why It Was Foolish to Crack Those Teleprompter Jokes

Senator Marco Rubio, who mocked Obama for reading his speeches, gets a lesson in karma from a lost leaf of paper.

rubiobrookings.banner.getty.jpg
Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

It was bound to happen eventually, but it's especially poetic that it happened to a man sometimes described as the Republican Obama. After months of conservative politicians and pundits nonsensically attacking the president for reading his speeches from a teleprompter, here's a study in karma, via Taegan Goddard:

"The most articulate and talented teleprompter reader in America."

-- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), quoted by the New York Times, mocking President Obama in 2010.

"I left my last page of the speech, does anyone have my last page? Did I Ieave it with you?"

-- Rubio, while giving a speech today at the Brookings Institution.

It can't really be overstated how silly the original attack on Obama was. Most politicians use written speeches, and this shows why it's easier to read from a teleprompter than from paper. As for those politicians who don't read from speeches -- well, Herman Cain is a talented extemporaneous speaker, but it's not coincidental that he also committed repeated verbal missteps.

This concludes today's segment in unforced and embarrassing but ultimately meaningless errors. You may return to watching clips of President Obama slow-jamming the news.

Presented by

David A. Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers political and global news. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Why Is Google Making Human Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors at a world-class life sciences lab are trying to change the way people think about their health.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Videos

Why Is Google Making Human Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Politics

Just In