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.
This actually happened about three or four miles from my house. It all took place just down Oscar Frye Rd. from NC 268, for those who are familiar with the area. I know Wilson slightly. The best thing about the whole incident was seeing Juanita Gordy on channel 12 describing Wilson as "Rambo."