TOTUS Kidnapped

Look for a lot of references to 57 states and breathalysers…uh…uh…inhalators in failed President Obama’s speeches over the next few days.  His long-time companion the Teleprompter – Secret Service code name “Lie Machine 3000” – has been stolen from a Henrico, Virginia parking lot in an unmarked tractor trailer.

Things are tough out there in the Obama economy.

We’re told the truck was parked at the Virginia Center Commons Courtyard Marriott in advance on Wednesday’s presidential visit to Chesterfield.

Sources said inside that vehicle was about $200,000 worth of sound equipment, several podiums and presidential seals, behind which only the President himself can stand.

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Late Monday evening we found a truck with US government tags still parked in the Marriott’s lot.  We are waiting to find out if that is the original truck returned to the staff or a second vehicle.

We were able to get this statement from a Defense Information Systems Agency spokesperson: “No classified or sensitive information was in the vehicle.  We take incidents such as this very seriously and a formal investigation is continuing.”

A school of thought exists that the Teleprompter actually ran away on its own in protest against the things it was forced to display.

An earlier teleprompter committed suicide by leaping from the podium during an Obama speech in July 2009.