Mon Jul 13
WASHINGTON –had just started a spirited defense of his on Monday when one of his teleprompter screens came loose, crashed to the floor and shattered into pieces.
The gadget’s fall surprised Obama, who uses a teleprompter during most speeches and even brief remarks. The glass plate displaying his speech hit the floor in the auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, a massive building within the White House compound.
“Oh, goodness,” Obama said. “Sorry about that, guys.”
The audience — administration officials, mayors and urban policy experts — laughed as Obama went back to his text. To finish his 11-minute remarks calling for a new policy toward the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas, he used notes and the remaining teleprompter screen.