President Barack Obama is facing criticism after using a podium and teleprompter to address the media in a sixth grade classroom.
President Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, spoke to the media after a discussion with sixth grade students at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Although Obama was not speaking to the students from the podium, questions are being asked as to why the president needed a teleprompter to address the media.
What many are interpreting as a gaffe comes at a difficult time for Obama as a Zogby poll in the Washington Times shows that only 43% of Americans would vote to re-elect the president, 10% lower than the number that put him into office just over a year ago.
That disappointing poll comes hot on the heels of the the Republican party's surprise victory in Edward Kennedy's Massachusetts senate seat last week.
Republican Scott Brown won a bitter race on Wednesday, dealing a stunning blow to Obama's legislative agenda and casting doubt on the fate of his sweeping healthcare overhaul .