Good News: Obama Trip to India is Historic
You know that it wouldn't be an Obama event if it didn't include Change of Historic proportions! The big trip to India includes an address to parliament.
It will be a 20-minute speech at Parliament House's Central Hall that has been witness to some historic events, including first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's "tryst with destiny" speech when India became independent.
But it isn't the mere fact of Barack's appearance that is history making.
This will be the first time a teleprompter will be used in the nearly 100-feet high dome-shaped hall that has portraits of eminent national leaders adorning its walls.
The porta-prompter makes its first Indian appearance. Now that's inspiring.
Indian politicians are known for making impromptu long speeches and perhaps that is why some parliament officials, who did not wish to be named, sounded rather surprised with the idea of a teleprompter for Obama.
They make long speeches without teleprompters? Ya, and they probably do simple math without calculators, right?
"We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact," an official, who did not wish to be identified because of security restrictions, said.
Ah, no wonder the world was so taken with Obama.
Obama is known to captivate audiences with his one-liners that sound like extempore and his deep gaze. But few in India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks.
There have been surprises for all of us.