- Many people are wondering how our President George W.
Bush went from a stumbling, error-prone, inarticulate speaker to a fairly
coherent presenter, especially in the last 9 months.
- It has been known in most inside circles that our beloved
President has dyslexia. This fact further muddies the waters, as it is
highly unlikely that a serious reading disorder like dyslexia can be overcome,
even with expert tutoring and plenty of practice.
- While watching a recent speech by our beloved President
it became clear to me what was really happening.
- I noticed that his eyes never looked at the TelePrompTer.
This is a device that carries the written words of the speech on a TV monitor.
The monitor sits right above the camera with the words of the speech rolling
by. The person on the screen reads the words and it appears as if they
are staring right at the camera. When it is done right it has a very folksy
effect because it appears as if the person on the TV is talking directly
to you. President Ronald Reagan was particularly good at TelePrompTer reading.
He did it so well that I believe this ability was one of the major reasons
for Reagan's many successes. He could stare right at the camera while reading
the TelePrompTer. It was like Uncle Ronnie was talking straight to you.
Reagan knew how to work the TelePrompTer like no one else.
- As I watched Bush give his recent speech I realized that
his eyes wandered from right to left and from left to right. It was obvious
that he was not reading from a TelePrompTer. Also I noticed that there
were long pauses between his sentences. On queue he would look left and
then right before beginning his next sentence. It soon became apparent
to me what was going on and why President Bush had suddenly become erudite.
- As a Film Director I recognized immediately what was
happening. After making many documentaries, in all sorts of conditions,
it is sometimes impossible to use a TelePrompTer to assist the narrator.
For instance, sometimes the glare of the sun will blank out the words on
the TelePrompTer screen, or there may be a number of other technical glitches
that get in the way of using it properly. On these rare occasions when
the TelePrompTer cannot be used, I, and others, have used, instead, another
device to help the narrator remember his dialogue.
- Using a small earpiece a FM signal is broadcast into
the ear of the narrator. Another voice reads the dialogue and the signal
is sent to the earpiece. The narrator hears the words in his ear and uses
this as his prompt.
- There are several problems with this technique, which
is why it is used only rarely in films and documentaries: First, it should
be said that the earpiece prompt is usually a last ditch effort to prompt
the narrator, or actor, while shooting a film. Technical glitches aside,
when a Director resorts to an earpiece prompt it usually means that the
narrator, or actor, has trouble reading or remembering their lines. Secondly,
long pauses have to be built into the prompt and the script. These pauses
take place in between sentences so that the prompt does not get too far
ahead of the person speaking. Thirdly the script must be rewritten for
the earpiece prompt. The sentences must stay short and concise so that
the narrator, or actor, does not get confused.
- Is this what Bush is doing? My answer is a definite 'yes'.
During this same speech I watched as he immediately corrected a word that
he had just mis-spoken. I have encountered this before during film shoots
using the earpiece prompt. This is done because the speaker has gone slightly
ahead of the earpiece prompt. He makes the mistake and then hears the correct
word in his ear. He then corrects himself and goes on like nothing happened.
- Watch the next speech. Notice how he pauses between sentences.
His eyes veer robotically left and right. He then begins his next sentence.
It is clear to me that these pauses are placed into the speeches on purpose
so that the earpiece voice prompter does not get too far ahead of the President.
Our beloved President has become an articulate spokesman for the ruinous
destruction of our country. Isn't showbiz grand?
- From Byron Guernsey
- "It has been known in most inside circles that our
beloved President has dyslexia. This fact further muddies the waters, as
it is highly unlikely that a serious reading disorder like dyslexia can
be overcome, even with expert tutoring and plenty of practice"
- I'm not a fan of G.W. Bush at all, but this statement
is entirely ignorant of Dyslexia. I have had dyslexia all my life and
it is typically overcome as a child if you don't drop out of school. Through
repeated trials, your mind eventually trains itself to work around the
problem. You don't stop swapping letters or endings in your vision or
mind, so you always have to recheck your spelling, but it doesn't affect
your reading since the mind adjusts to expect this. Its quite ignorant
to suggest that this would prevent Bush from reading a teleprompter. Lets
fault him for his real deficits, because there are plenty of those. I
don't doubt he would use a earphone though...