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Chaos in the White House - Obama's teleprompter blows up

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(Read caption) Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen liked President Obama's speech so much yesterday that he repeated it -- for 20 seconds. At that time he realized that Obama's speech was still on the teleprompter.

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Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Or as Daily Mail blogger Don Surber writes, "Live by the TelePrompTer, die by the TelePrompTer."

Lookin' good

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).

Caution

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.

But so far at the White House, it's been pretty good. He looked lost here. But quickly rebounded.

Yesterday though, was another story.

BOOM

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).

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