Well, I took some videos for you the other day during President Trump’s Rose Garden announcement that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change accord.
There was, it turned out, a bit of drama. Before the remarks. It appears that technicians couldn’t get the teleprompters to work, and Trump delayed his appearance by nearly half an hour while the geeks tried to patch things up.
Remember, dear readers, the White House has lots of incredible attributes. But it’s also a government building.
Things seemed pleasant enough at first, as a jazz quartet assembled from The President’s Own United States Marine Band was playing nicely at the back of the Rose Garden, near the residence. Perhaps some frustrated rock stars whose parents finally enrolled them in the military. Note that Sean Spicer decided to sit in on bass.
No, of course, that’s not Sean Spicer.
As I got toward the podium, I noticed that over on the Colonnade there was a problem, as some techies were laboring with evident concern over the switchboard in front of them. It seemed something wasn’t right with the teleprompter.
As National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn strode into the Rose Garden to hear the president’s remarks, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon wandered over to see what the problem was.
Next, a very perturbed looking Stephen Miller, a top policy aide who may well have written the speech, rushed over to see why his handiwork wasn’t being displayed for presidential perusal. Odd juxtaposition with the cool jazz playing in the background.
Reinforcements were summoned. Soon, Bannon and an edgy looking White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus were hovering over the techies, well aware that the boss would not be pleased. That’s right, Bannon and Priebus, two of the most powerful men in the world, flummoxed like you and me by a piece of intransigent technology.
As it turned out, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men . . .
Note below, Trump, who finally just came out anyway, appears to be reading from a hard copy of his speech. The black object on the left is one of the teleprompters, at which he hardly looks.
Even so, it did appear that at least one of the teleprompters had begun to work as this photo I took shows.
But perhaps by that point, Trump wasn’t trusting technology over the old fashioned pieces of paper in front of him.