On NBC last night, David Gregory observed:
This is a very careful presentation from the president tonight. He spoke with the use of a teleprompter delivering the opening remarks and moderated his tone with regard to the anger he was demonstrating about the AIG bonuses…
The teleprompter also loomed large for the AP’s Ron Fournier, who leads and closes with it (not to mention the headline: “Analysis: Teleprompter telegraphs Obama caution”):
What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?
A careful one.
President Barack Obama took no chances in his second prime-time news conference, reading a prepared statement in which he took both sides of the AIG bonus brouhaha and asked an anxious nation for its patience…
Calm. Cool. Careful.
One of the few times he summoned raw emotion came after a reporter demanded to know why it took him so long to express outrage over the AIG executive bonuses.
“It took a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”
Even better, he likes to have it up on the teleprompter.
(See my colleague Katia’s recent take on teleprompter talk as “something that’s very pertinent to the press corps, but isn’t something most Americans haven’t thought about much”).