The White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser.Read it all here.
The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.
Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.
"It would be the same idea with the podium," says the adviser.
BB NOTE: No wonder the president wants to keep his Crackberry. Forget all about this teleprompter talk, though - those things are ready for the Smithsonian. Apparently what he needs is a presidential-version of Twitter. He could then go anywhere - anywhere media live - and his staff could just tweet him in seconds. Imagine the possibilities!