White House Edits Speech Transcript, Changes ‘Laughter’ To ‘Applause’


On Tuesday morning, the Drudge Report prominently displayed a link to a transcript of a speech President Barack Obama gave at a fundraiser Monday night. The right-leaning website mocked the transcript for recording that some of the President’s remarks had been met with laughter.

“Over the last 15 months we’ve created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter.)” the transcript read, according to POLITICO.

According to the article, “at 4:04 p.m. on Tuesday, the corrected transcript appeared: Laughter changed to applause, and noted with an asterisk.”

In his speech at the fundraiser, one of two held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Monday, the President spoke of work yet to be done. However, he acknowledged that the enthusiasm which brought him into office in 2008 has waned.

“Now I’m gray. (Laughter.) I’ve got dings and dents. The old posters are all faded. (Laughter.) People make fun of hope and change. And some folks have said, well, change didn’t happen as fast as I wanted, or it’s not exactly as I expected, or why can’t he just change the minds of all those Republicans. (Laughter.)”

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