Yes He Can: Obama Spoke Without Teleprompter

Small event, not recent theft, had Obama speaking without crutch.

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Now it makes headlines when President Obama doesn't use his trademark Teleprompter.

Wrapping up his three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia today, the president stopped at a Chesterfield firehouse to promote his jobs bill. "It is great to be at Fire Station Number 9 with some of Virginia's finest," the president said without the use of his Teleprompter.

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The address came two days after on of his Teleprompter and other event equipment were stolen from a federal truck parked at a Richmond, Virginia hotel.

White House spokesman Jay Carney, however, told the press pool that the size of the small event dictated that the Teleprompter be left behind, not this week's theft.

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The press pooler felt it necessary to note the lack of the speech-reading device the president prefers to use over note cards. Said the pool report: "One detail from Chesterfield firehouse event: POTUS spoke without a Teleprompter." [Flashback to April: Inventor of the Teleprompter Dies.]

The theft led to late night talk show jokes and GOP criticism even revived a blog set up just to chart the president's Teleprompter, titled TOTUS, or Teleprompter of The United States.