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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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

RE: A home makes you a hypocrite?

Strother opines: "John Edwards' self-made wealth is only a 'negative' because nervous Republicans in search of an angle on him really need it to be."

For a guy who couldn't carry his own state in '04, Edwards isn't really striking any fears among the GOP.

"What exactly does he say in his 'Two Americas" speech that, upon seeing a picture and description of his exquisite home, reveals him to be a hypocrite? Seriously, I'm curious."

For a guy who's been on an anti-poverty crusade for the past two years and then turn around and build a $6 million home reeks of hypocrisy. I rank that right up there with someone who goes around preaching about global warming and then drives a SUV.

"Do you find George W. Bush's orchestrated "common man" persona hypocritical considering that he — unlike Edwards, who earned his own fortune — was born into the wealth and prestige of an American royal family?"

When did Bush go around saying, "Vote for me because I'm a common man."??? He's got a Texan accent and likes to wear a cowboy hat & boots, but that's the norm if you're from Texas, regardless of income.

"Yes, Edwards' success story is rather uncommon, and the man is proud of where he came from. Who wouldn't be? And on the subject of work and self-sufficiency, one could say that a "Rags To Riches" president inspires the common man to be more productive than Prince Dubya's rise to the throne ever would."

Edwards didn't exactly come from a poor home... You make it sound like he was homeless when he was growing up. Ha! :-)

"To Edwards' benefit, his life story allows him to more effectively empathize with his audience; Dubya, on the other hand, has had to completely fake all that stuff. between those two, who would the biggest hypocrite in the "aw, shucks" contest?"

Yeah, since people have such high opinion of lawyers, Edwards can effectively woo his audience... Ha! :-)


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