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.
In defense of Bush 41, he did pick Thomas, which was a very good pick. ... Look at Reagan: he had 3 picks, and he chose O'Connor, Scalia, & Kennedy, and Scalia was the only good one to come out of that group.