Hard to believe that President Obama felt it necessary to use a teleprompter to address elementary schoolkids in Virginia last week, for a speech consisting of 964 words. That's especially striking because a week earlier in Topeka, Gov. Mark Parkinson had used neither notes nor a teleprompter to deliver his 3,296-word State of the State address. Parkinson told The Eagle editorial board that he has tried using teleprompters but doesn't like them. Meanwhile, the latest SurveyUSA poll, co-sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, found that 40 percent of Kansans approved of the job Obama was doing in January compared with 42 percent approval for Parkinson — a 4-point gain for Obama and a 3-point drop for Parkinson since December.