The theft of President Obama’s teleprompter Monday sparked a frenzy of Obama teleprompter jokes featuring the misadventures of TOTUS – Teleprompter Of the United States.

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Here’s a sampling of the various media commentary on Obama’s missing teleprompter.

The nation mourns you, TOTUS
“Early word out of MSNBC suggests all boom mics will remain at half-staff as our nation attempts to deal with this tragic development,” says Dan Riehl at Riehl World View.

Hitting the mute button
Surely Obama is devastated by the loss, says Dennis DiClaudio at Comedy Central. But he “has yet to comment on this. For obvious reasons.”

Dead giveaway
“At this time, nothing about the teleprompter thief or thieves is known,” says Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog. But word is “that police are on the lookout for anybody who can’t stop saying, ‘Pass this jobs bill.'”

Backup plan
“The commander-in-chief should start preparing notecards, just in case,” says Aaron Morrissey at DCist. “Or, if none are available, just use a giant hand.”

Hard times
“Let us all together contemplate the sheer horror of a president who for a small window of time was under threat of having to read off some paper,” says Kirsten Boyd Johnson at Wonkette. Or, you know, “rent another Teleprompter possibly not as nice as the official one. Pretty ugly stuff.” gleefully reported Wednesday, “Breaking: TOTUS One has been kidnapped. I repeat: TOTUS One has been kidnapped.”

“Amber alert issued for TOTUS,” the Daily Mail’s headline read.

A satirical blog supposedly written by TOTUS popped up Tuesday on Blogspot, saying: “Help! I’m sure you’ve experienced this. One minute you’re sitting in the back of a truck, not a care in the world, waiting to continue your road trip for yet another appearance before adoring fans … and then your world is turned upside down.”

From NBC: “A truck carrying President Obama’s Presidential seals, podiums and $200,000 worth of audio equipment was stolen north of Richmond.”

Officials refused to name any suspects, but they did say that one George Walker Bush of Dallas, Texas, is a person of interest in the case.

Here’s Conan O’Brien’s look at President Obama in action without his beloved teleprompter TOTUS: