Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The fall of TOTUS - a "Two for Tuesday" special

For the rest of the speech the president relied on the one remaining teleprompter, to his right, and notes on his podium to finish his speech.

Reminded me of this old joke for some reason...

Two blondes were flying to Miami from Cleveland. Fifteen minutes into the flight, the captain announced "One of the engines has failed and the flight will be an hour longer. But don't worry we have three engines left".Thirty minutes later, the captain announced "One more engine has failed and the flight will be two hours longer. But don't worry we have two engines left". An hour later the capain announced "One more engine has failed and the flight will be three hours longer. But don't worry we have one engine left". One blonde looked at the other the other blonde and said "If we lose one more engine, we'll be up here all day"


  1. One of the options NOT given by WOlf and what's-her-name is KNOW YOUR TOPIC. just a thought.
    That joke made Mr and Mrs Z ROAR!!
    Thanks, CT!!

  2. Ahh, what a memory.... SNL... Will Farrell (Oliver) and Nancy Walls (Diane) as the news people, and the always hilarious David Alan Grier, as Tim the weather guy on the set of a newsroom in the middle of broadcast, and "it" breaks....

    Oliver: [ fumbling for something to say ] The teleprompter on which everything we say appears on.. is broken..
    Diane: [ trying to laugh ] Please! Let's get that teleprompter fixed!
    Oliver: Uh.. we're having what's known in the business as.. technical times.. right now..
    Diane: Uh.. well.. let's go to.. Tom.. Bulcher.. with the weather..
    [ cut to the weatherman on the side of the set, stunned by the broken teleprompter ]
    Tim Baker: Blank screen.. no words on it.. got to think.. must think.. [ pause ] Back to you..
    [ cut back to Oliver and Diane, who are forced to "make something up" ]
    Oliver: Uh.. you know, Diane, I had a notion the other day..
    Diane: Uh.. well.. uh.. notions make.. uh.. this country happen..
    Oliver: I.. I.. I was thinking someone should get a group together.. uh.. with guns to sweep out those ghettos..
    [ the show cuts to quick commercial, then comes right back to its frightened hosts ]
    Diane: I.. drive a red car..
    Oliver: Make sure those poor people stay away from it.. they've got sores..
    Diane: Let's.. uh.. let's go for weather with.. Jeff Shaker..

  3. Uh-oh !! Toto pulled back the curtain !
    "Pay no attention to that man behind the tele-prompter!!!"

  4. Z- I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to hear all of the teleprompter rumors. One I did hear was that TOTUS overdosed on Eloquence. Another I heard was something about one shooter from a grassy knoll. Sounds like another Oliver Stone picture.
    Cartman- Ah yes. I do remember that bit. When I found Farrell funny. He just bugs me anymore.
    anon- Good thing The One had him cloned, eh?