Oops, there goes the teleprompter…
President Barack Obama was just warming to the topic of the challenges facing urban America on Monday when disaster struck.
Off came one of his teleprompter screens and plummeted to the floor with a crash and shattered.
“Oh, goodness,” the president said to laughter. “Sorry about that guys.”
Obama, an eloquent speaker who has been criticized for relying too heavily on his teleprompter for routine remarks, made it through the rest of the address on one screen.
He didn’t seem to suffer for the want of it — letting his gaze scan the audience as he spoke while glancing back from time to time at the lone remaining screen.
The mishap came during Obama’s remarks at the daylong Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama speaks with one teleprompter after the other fell and broke at the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable on Monday.)