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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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Obama backtracks over statement about military

The Winston-Salem Journal

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois said yesterday that he had misspoken when he suggested that the lives of more than 3,000 American military personnel killed in Iraq had been "wasted."

As he arrived in New Hampshire on the third day of his Democratic presidential campaign, Obama said he would "absolutely apologize" to military families if they were offended by a remark that he made Sunday in Iowa during criticism of the Bush administration's Iraq policy.

"What I would say - and meant to say - is that their service hasn't been honored," Obama told reporters in Nashua, N.H., "because our civilian strategy has not honored their courage and bravery and we have put them in a situation in which it is hard for them to succeed."


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