President Macri is digging his heels in demanding that the taxpayers’ money must be spent on a new AR$ 270,053 teleprompter system for his speeches. Hard to justify that kind of spending? Maybe, but Obama had one so…

The Argentine head of state is set to have a fancy new dual-screen teleprompter system.

According to a recent statement, the Secretary of Presidential Communication called for tenders at the end of last year, with the aim of purchasing a high-tech prompter system to be used by Macri in conferences held in the Casa Rosada. Two companies stepped up to the task, but last Wednesday the communications office confirmed that Mayaura SRL had been awarded the contract of AR$ 270,053.

Obama and his beloved teleprompter screens.

The Government was specific in its request – he needs the “best of the best.” They requested nothing less than a 14 by 12 inch semi-translucent mirror, two 19-inch full-color LCD monitors and three 1.80-meter height adjustable mounts.

The device should weigh no more than 8 kilos and must come with a travel kit included, obviously.

“Presidents Barack Obama, Juan Manuel Santos and Enrique Peña Nieto always use one. It’s a tool to read, just like a sheet of paper, but a technological one,” we’re told from the Casa Rosada. “It’s the same kind of thing that TV hosts use. But here we’ll be using it during indoor institutional events, out of direct sunlight.”