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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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Keeping up Appearances

(Fox News) - John Edwards isn't the only politician who spends big bucks on his appearance.

The Politico reports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid $300 to a California company that describes itself as — "a mobile beauty team for hair, makeup and men's grooming and spa services." Romney's people say they actually paid $150 apiece for two sessions — but only used the company once — prior to a candidate debate in May.

The woman who actually did the makeup for Romney says he barely needs it — because he's already tan.

And it turns out Romney may have gotten a bargain. Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich is being ridiculed for spending $600 on a makeup artist prior to his annual budget speech in March. Chicago newspapers report the bill was initially covered by taxpayer funds — but now the artist is reimbursing the state.


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