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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.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Bush, Frist differ over immigration

Dubya just can't pick 'em to win with his former fans, can he? His advisors are sleeping on the job, man.

Entertainingly written one from the AP:

WASHINGTON — Anticipating a turbulent debate over immigration, President Bush urged Congress yesterday to tone down the increasingly sharp and divisive rhetoric over the issue. The Senate will take up immigration next week - and Bush and Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the Senate majority leader, are starting out with different ideas about the best way to deal with about 12 million illegal immigrants already in the United States. Bush wants Congress to create a program to allow foreigners to gain legal status for a set amount of time to do specific jobs. When the time is up, they would be required to return home without an automatic path to citizenship. He said yesterday that his message is: "If you are doing a job that Americans won't do, you're welcome here for a period of time to do that job."

This is written for an American readership, right? Like, everybody knows this stuff:

Immigration is a difficult issue for the country, and Republicans in particular. It splits two main GOP constituent groups - businesses and social conservatives. Bush is working hand-in-hand with employers who want cheap labor to clean hotel rooms, pick crops and do other tasks that they say keep their businesses competitive. Frist says he understands those economic issues, but his focus is on the main concern expressed by the social conservatives - national security.

..and here's this. Does anybody speak Dubya? If so, please decode.

The president's spokesman would not say whether Bush was referring to such comments or the filibuster threat when he called for a "serious debate" that respects people of all backgrounds. "When we discuss this debate, it must be done in a civil way," Bush said after he, Vice President Dick Cheney and top strategist Karl Rove met with groups who are allied with him in the debate. "It must be done in a way that brings dignity to the process. It must be done in a way that doesn't pit people against another."


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