The right-wing’s latest meme against President Obama is that he can’t do a thing without a teleprompter.
Everyone knows that Barack Obama is lost without his teleprompter, but his latest blunder, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via the Corner, suggests that the teleprompter may not be enough unless it includes phonetic spellings. Obama was speaking at a White House roundtable on clean energy systems, and repeatedly saluted Orion Energy Systems, whose CEO, Neal Verfuerth, was present at the event. So Obama referred to “Orion” a number of times. Only problem was, he appeared to be unfamiliar with the word […] Unbelievable. Orion is one of the best-known constellations, mostly because it actually looks like its namesake. So evidently we have to add astronomy to history and economics as subjects of which Obama is remarkably ignorant. I’m beginning to fear that our President has below-average knowledge of the world. Not for a President, but for a middle-aged American.
This, after eight years of George W. Bush’s projectile stream of malapropisms, mispronunciations, sentence fragments, and the cottage industry that made a fortune out of calendars, posters, and t-shirts that displayed the latest Bushisms, is hilarious. And for the conservatives to question whether or not Barack Obama is smart enough to be president elevates the premise of the pot calling the kettle black to the level of the surreal.