"The White House may not know it, but Social Security reform, at least the kind that they want to do, is DOA," says a House Ways and Means staffer. "We're taking it out of their hands and going to make the best of a bad situation."
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.