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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.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Reprimand Request

(Fox News) - Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison — the only Muslim member of Congress — is backing off a comparison of President Bush's actions after 9/11 to the actions of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany following the torching of its parliament building in 1933. Ellison said both governments used the attacks as justification to greatly expand their powers.

Ellison told the Associated Press yesterday that — quote — "It was probably inappropriate to use that example, because it's a unique historical event, without really any clear parallels."

Two House Republicans have written to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for a reprimand for Ellison. New York Democrat Elliot Engel called Ellison's comments "outrageous" and intolerable."

And the head of the Anti-Defamation League said Ellison's statement — "demonstrates a profound lack of understanding about the horrors that Hitler and his Nazi regime perpetrated."

2 Comments:

Anonymous PGB said...

Why is it when politicians make statements and then when it hits the fan, they start to back track? Come on, Osama Ellison stand by your original comments because that is what you really think. I don’t believe you came to your senses and all of a sudden realized the comment was “inappropriate”. I stand by my original comments…you are still a dumbass.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

I have to award dumbass points to the two self-righteous Republicans as well. They legitimized Ellison's remarks by reacting to them in the way they did.

The only reaction to Ellison's remarks should have been a low chuckle, the same reaction one would give to the crazy guy sitting in the corner talking to himself.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 10:49:00 AM  

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