It's All Politics Obama's Lost Teleprompter: Why Ridicule Him For Using It Anyway? October 18, 2011 The truck carrying President Obama's teleprompter and other equipment was stolen from the hotel parking lot in North Carolina where it was parked. It later turned up at another hotel. Weird. Obviously, this is creating some joy among the president's critics who point to his use of a device that all modern presidents have relied on as some sort of character flaw.