Co-creator Joe Simon told the New York Daily News: "It's a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now."
Meant to be symbolic, perhaps?
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.