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.
Great points made by Fineman. The actions of Dubya during September 2005 — marked by another anniversary of 9/11, the Iraq War with no end in sight, and a horrible natural disaster on the Gulf Coast — will largely affect how he is viewed in America, IMHO. This month could be yet another defining moment for the Bush Administration, good or bad.