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.
(Fox News) - Democratic party head Howard Dean says the best way to get presidential candidates to tell you what they really think — is to lock out the media. Dean told a bankers' group Wednesday that politicians live in fear that their words will be twisted for the sake of headlines. He said: "Politicians are incredibly careful not to say anything if they can possibly help it, except if it is exactly scripted ... If you want to hear the truth from them, you have to exclude the press."