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Bully Pulpit

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.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

President Dubya: An Epic Flop

(George W.) is exactly the vapid frat-boy, born into privilege that his detractors have portrayed. With his pretty, two-dimensional, schoolteacher wife and empty-headed daughters, he could be the yup down the block, mindlessly sliding through life on the proceeds of Mom and Dad's good fortune.

Right on, Steve.

Our current president — George W. Bush, an epic flop of both an entrepreneurial and political measure — has a life that is an American story of failure. Luckily for Dubya, his family was rich, connected, and successful enough to help him achieve more than his shortcomings would have naturally allowed. And currently this man is the The President of the United States of America!

Now for the fantasy segment of my post; please allow me to digress way off topic here… Just go with it; let's have a little fun with the idea...

This all brings my mind back to my only half-jesting recommendation I made a few days ago of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate in 2008. Yep, that’s how crazy American politics has become, but at this point in history and American culture, someone like The Donald could actually win a spot in the White House in 2008 and would probably do a damn good job. Contrasted with Dubya, Trump’s life is an American story of success, not failure.

Okay, so maybe you don’t think that an actually successful businessman and a unique, comprehensively known, global personality like The Donald would clean up at the ballot box, regardless of party affiliation. Well, sans previous political experience, is The Donald’s life really all that different to the average American as Ronald Reagan’s pre-presidential life? Think about it.

Few fully trust our Federal government or our two main political parties anymore (and rightfully so). On that note, if things continue the same for the Republicans, anyone who cares about seeing an R next to the name of the next President would welcome an outsider like Trump. Otherwise, I think they’re pretty worried about 2008’s Pubbie prospects.

The only other presidential candidate that could trump Trump in 2008 would be Oprah herself. That won’t happen and few Americans would really want that to happen — she’d have to stop filming ‘Oprah,’ wouldn’t she? ;)

In 2008, I’d prefer to bet on Trump. Go, The Donald, Go! ;)


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