Can a Teleprompter Be Donald Trump’s Best Friend?

“I’ve always said, if you run for president, you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters,” Donald Trump said to applause at a rally last October in Georgia. “Because you don’t even know if the guy’s smart.”

He’s even accused Hillary Clinton of having “the biggest teleprompters I’ve ever seen.” Prompters are almost always presidential campaign fodder because a candidate who shoots from the hip is highly likely to shoot him/herself in the foot.

And so the other week the media had a brief field day pointing out that Trump “looked like” he was using a teleprompter and had hired a speech writer to make his words more presidential. Of course, a prompter and a writer would help him stay on message (if that were to become his style).

Rick Santorum, the 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful, stirred up a real brouhaha and a load of media coverage when he …Read more…

What Does it Mean to be “Presidential”?

At least a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls and several Democrats have jumped into the 2016 Presidential race. manager prsentiert gute neuigkeitenThe election is many months away so candidates have a long time to prove that they’re Presidential material, and avoid damaging public gaffes.

But what does it actually mean to be Presidential? …Read more…

For Presidential Candidates, It’s Always Crisis Time

The Presidential horse race between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican contender, has already begun. As in recent years, the nominating conventions will simply be great big pep rallies.

Visions of the late Mike Wallace and other reporters being pushed around the convention floor by unruly conventioneers are a distant memory.

Now all the real action is on the stump, when the media will be analyzing every word and gesture of the presidential candidates for hidden meanings and bloopers. …Read more…