It was a petition imploring the powers that be to 'use moderation and restraint in responding to the terrorist attacks against the United States.'
Yes, and I signed that petition. What's the problem? I agree completely with Pickering. The world was coming together over a horrific tragedy and somehow we've managed to alienate our closest allies. How did that happen?
The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.