Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Teleprompters are great. You never have to look down at your notes. You look like you're ad-libbing. And, for the most part, they're invisible.
Maybe that's why President Obama likes them so much. Sure, other presidents have used them. But not to the extent of President Obama.
He even used one in a rodeo once (while speaking not while roping goats or anything).
The only problem is, when they blow up -- you can blow up with them.
There were instances during the campaign where alleged teleprompter breakdowns caused him to stumble a bit.
Yesterday though, was another story.
The president was appearing with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Obama just got done with his remarks (using the teleprompter) and Cowen got up to deliver his speech (also on the teleprompter).