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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.

Monday, July 16, 2007

From running the House to living in the big house

By Paul O'Connor
Winston-Salem Journal

Given the kind of Southern Connecticut neighborhood where I grew up, it would have been safe to assume that at least one of my buddies would land in prison.

Two dozen of us regularly played ball together. Of those, at least four died in motorcycle wrecks, another in Vietnam and one became a priest. Subtract them and you still had 18 guys who could have been tripped up by the gambling, petty larceny and general misbehavior rampant around Momauguin.

Remarkably, so far as I know, none landed in prison. But, that’s not what I can say about the folks with whom I “grew up,” so to speak, professionally. Sometime this year, former House Speaker Jim Black will head to federal prison for up to 63 months on corruption convictions. He will make the sixth politician I’ve regularly covered as a journalist who has landed in prison.


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