Republicans target Obama teleprompter funds
18 Feb, 2011 17:40
The Republican controlled US House has been adding amendments to legislation aimed at slashing $100 billion from the federal budget. On the proposed chopping block; Obama’s famed teleprompter.
Rep. Steve Womack, an Arkansas Republican, proposed an amendment that literally targets the teleprompter, arguing the president needs to ‘do more, with less.’“We're asking people to do more with less. And I think the president ought to lead by example. He is already a very gifted speaker. And I think that's one platform he could do without," Womack told Fox News. Obama’s teleprompter, often the but of many jokes, has its own Twitter page, blog and numerous online parodies. Referred to affectionately and mockingly as TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States), the memorable icon has come under attack as a wasteful expenditure. Womack however has currently pulled the proposal, until he can get a handle on just how much it would save. But, he hoped his point had been made. Apparently in harsh budgetary climates nothing in Washington is sacred, not even TOTUS.