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Irish PM Delivers Obama Speech

In a particularly goofy moment yesterday, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen stepped away from a podium at the White House red-faced—not because of too many drinks, but because he accidentally read President Obama’s speech off the teleprompter. He opened with “We begin by welcoming today a strong friend of the United States” and continued for about 20 seconds before realizing his mistake. Later, when Obama spoke, the teleprompter once again malfunctioned, showing the Taoiseach’s speech. Always on his toes, the president joked, “First, I’d like to say thank you to President Obama!” Obama is becoming known as the “teleprompter president,” a moniker that somewhat diminishes his reputation as an excellent orator.