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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, January 31, 2008

Obama: Decriminalize pot

(Washington Times) - Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana.

But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times.


Blogger Strother said...

Only a newspaper like the Washington Times would devote a whole article to this topic. So what?

Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Nature Boy said...

Shows that Obama is a flipper like all the other politicians.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

This is not a federal issue. Who cares what Obama (or any other national candidate) thinks about it?

Thursday, January 31, 2008 5:22:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

Shows that Obama is a flipper like all the other politicians.

No. With a headline like "Obama: Decriminalize pot," that was not the goal of the Washington Times in running the piece. It's a pathetic attempt to associate Obama with marijuana use.

From the article: On the Republican side, Kevin Madden, spokesman for Mitt Romney, said the former Massachusetts governor is "not in favor of legalization of marijuana, and that includes medical purposes."

Because Mitt Romney is a doctor and should be considered an authority on medicine, right? Wrong. He's just another politician, trying to connect with his audience: people who would most likely think that a door-to-door marijuana search by local law enforcement in their neighborhoods is a good idea.

What does the only doctor running for president think about medicinal marijuana use? Well, it doesn't even matter, because he'd agree with Steve: it's not a federal issue, and, as a result, a non-issue amongst US presidential candidates.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:57:00 PM  

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