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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, January 30, 2008

Clinton and the King

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton could easily have been all shook up, but instead she proved she's no hound dog.

The New York senator opened her campaign day with a surprising twist while shaking hands in a local diner—a personal serenade from The King.

"A black Elvis," exclaimed Clinton, as she was greeted Dwayne Turner, decked out in the signature white suit and impressive sunglasses.

"This is Clinton Country," said Turner, who quickly broke into the opening bars of "Blue Suede Shoes," drawing a delighted laugh from Clinton.

"We're going to build a bridge to the 21st Century," said Turner. "We're going to do this thing."

"Yes, we are," replied Clinton, interrupting her greeting of patrons.

Turner said he performs often in the Little Rock area. His business cards say, "Let me shake up any occasion for you."

Clinton started her campaign day by dropping by a local diner to greet customers during the breakfast hour, but Turner quickly stole the moment—and the attention of a bank of cameras—with his crooning entertainment of the presidential candidate. Clinton was building ties to activists in the state where she was first lady before her husband was elected president.


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