Was India’s Parliament building a “shovel-ready job”? Don’t be surprised if Barack Obama claims to have saved or created a few jobs in New Delhi. They’re doing a makeover in India’s Central Hall to accommodate the President’s closest traveling companion (via American Thinker):

A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight.

As per the tentative programme being worked out, the address by Obama, who once said that “America has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi”, would not be for more than 20 minutes. …

Obama will take the help of a teleprompter to deliver his address to the 780-odd members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, sources said.

Parliament authorities said this will be the first time that such a facility will be arranged in the Central Hall.

So for a 20-minute speech, India has to install a Teleprompter for the first time in its history, thanks to an American President who apparently can’t live without it. I guess that’s one way of being historic

Note: That quote about Gandhi was an earlier Obamateurism.

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