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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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

'Are we ready to see Hillary age?'

(news.com.au) - Rudy Giuliani is no oil painting, nor is John McCain. Fred Thompson may have cracked it in Hollywood, but he's hardly leading man material.

Barack Obama has those ears to contend with, while every time Joe Biden opens his mouth it's like watching an old episode of Mr Ed. Even pretty boy John Edwards is starting to show signs of wear.

But according to the US's leading radio shock jock, Rush Limbaugh, it all matters little for the male presidential candidates, because when men age they look "more authoritative, accomplished and distinguished".

What does matter, says Limbaugh, is that Hillary Clinton, who turned 60 in October, is starting to wrinkle.

So on Monday, on a radio show with an audience of 14.5 million, Limbaugh asked this question about the former first lady's presidential prospects: "Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?"


Anonymous Jay P. said...

I don't think I agree with the idea that America would not elect a bloated looking person to be President........after all, wasn't all the hub-bub about Bubba at one point concerned with the question
about whether or not he had enough gravy-tas?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 2:36:00 PM  
Anonymous R.W.M. said...

I don't think women are treated differently in politics. Yet they obviously are in the media industry. Fox and CNN would never have more than a couple of aging and sagging women on the payroll. I know that Candy Crowley is still hanging around on one of the stations, but with each year and each pound I'm sure the retirement package gets sweeter.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what Rush has to say. We are an image conscience society. That picture of Hillary was not good, but I think her makeup has something to do with that. It looks like it is just caked on. After all, she is 60, and by that time you have a few winkles here and there. With my makeup off I am pretty scary looking. I don’t look too good with it on. :o)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 2:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fault for our electoral process having become little more than a beauty contest can be laid at the feet of universal suffrage. Most people's concerns, on a macro scale, are fairly petty. It is no wonder that including everyone in democracy makes the process petty as well.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 3:12:00 PM  
Anonymous 'Becca said...

I am not really into politics as much as you are. But I honestly do not think that a woman needs to be running the country. Call me old fashioned or what not, but I just think she is out of her league here, no matter how big her balls are. Now will she be elected due to her appearance, of couse not. I think that our society is superficial and somewhat phoney when it comes to appearance anyway. Look at Kayne West. His mother just passed away due to cosmetic surgery gone wrong, all in the name of appearance. Guess if she was going to be seen on the red carpet with her child, she felt she needed to appear super modelish, which by the way is becoming old hat anyway. The majority of guys I know would rather have a woman that they can get a hold of than a stick. It's no fun having sex with a backbone. So, as far as Hillary goes, I could really care less!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 3:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Jessie M. said...

Our whole culture is focused on the least important aspect of a person: how he or she looks. Girls starving themselves to fit into size zero jeans. Forty year old women wearing low-cut shirts and high-cut shorts and spending their money on Botox. I don't care what people say, it is NOT as bad for men as it is for women. And I'm sick and tired of it. It infuriates me. I hate that my children have to grow up in this culture and wish our stupid, petty, fickle society would change!!!!!!! Hillary is not my favorite candidate but I wouldn't vote for someone else just because she has wrinkles.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 8:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, but Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Indira Ghandi all were all fairly successful leaders as older women. I don’t think Hillary’s wrinkles are her main problem. I believe her policy issues and her leadership qualities are the problem.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 4:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate that my children have to grow up in this culture and wish our stupid, petty, fickle society would change!!!!!!!

Why would you let the culture raise your children for you? Your children will only grow up to be stupid, petty, and fickle if you fail to teach them otherwise. The only way the culture can overcome your own parenting is if you have some bizarre notion of conformity or if you simply don't care to spend the time immunizing your children against it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 4:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Jessie M. said...

Please note that I did not say the culture would raise my children; I said my children would grow up in this culture. That's the same as saying they are growing up in the early 21st Century. It's something I cannot control because it is a fact: We live when we live. Now, I'm a visitor to this blog and don't care to hear any replies because I don't enjoy controversy, so I won't be reading any further responses. Thank you.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 8:17:00 AM  

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