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"I fundamentally disagree," he said.

"Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment and our quality of life than it has ever been before."


So far, so good. But then the jealous teleprompter demanded equal time.

When the president was announcing the members of his science and technology council, the teleprompter froze up.

Not having note cards, what else could the president do but admonish the TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) to knock it off.

"In addition to John.... sorry, the..... I just noticed that I jumped the gun here," Obama said.

Then he laid the smackdown on the teleprompter.

"Go ahead and move it up," he demanded of his machine. "I'd already – I'd already introduced all you guys."

It was almost like a page out of the Stephen King movie, "Maximum Overdrive" where trucks, lawn mowers, and other machines came to life wreaking havoc on humanity.

Well, maybe.

Anyway, the full text of the president's speech follows the video...

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you so much for the wonderful welcome. To President Cicerone, thank you very much for your leadership and for hosting us today. To John Holdren, thanks, John, for the outstanding work that you are doing.I was just informed backstage that Ralph and John both are 1965 graduates of MIT -- same class. And so I'm not sure this is the perfectly prescribed scientific method, but they're sort of a control group -- (laughter) -- who ages faster: The President's Science Advisor or the President of the Academy? (Laughter.)

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