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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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

‘The Boss’ Says He’ll Rock Vote for Obama

WASHINGTON (Fox News) — Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, saying “he speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years.”

In a letter addressed to friends and fans posted his Web site, Springsteen said he believes Obama is the best candidate to undo “the terrible damage done over the past eight years.”

5 Comments:

Blogger Strother said...

Most artists/poets are going to be liberal in their politics, just count on it. You could say that the kind of poetry that Bruce writes and sings is intimately connected with liberal politics. (Not a criticism; just a fact.) Just as it's OK that you and I voice our opinions, it's also OK that Bruce voices his opinions.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

I don't think it has as much to do with artists being liberals as it does with them being brain-dead when it comes to politics.

I'd love to hear what Springsteen thinks Obama is going to do differently that will undo this terrible damage. All things considered, about the only thing we'll notice is that he's sort of black, and that he doesn't murder the language every time he opens his mouth.

Will he end the occupation of Iraq and the silly war on terror? Hardly. He has given every indication that he will expand it, if anything. Obama is far too heavily schooled in the utility of Wilsonian "war socialism" to change anything about our current military footing. About the only thing he'll probably do differently in that arena is pull the typically idiotic Democrat move of trying to continue our imperialist adventures while cutting the military's budget.

Will he reverse the imperial Presidency and return the civil liberties the Bush Administration stole? Not bloody likely. When has anyone at that level ever willingly given up power?

So tell us, Bruce, exactly what will The Magic Negro do that will be so different that we'll all be breathing a sigh of relief four years from now? Be nicer to the French? Sell even more of our livelihoods to the PRC? Hand over Israel to Hamas and the PLO?

A wise man once said, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." There's some good advice there, Bruce.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:00:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

"he [Obama] doesn't murder the language every time he opens his mouth"

Makes sense; I guess one eloquent man (Springsteen) appreciates another (Obama). To be fair, though, any of the three '08 presidential candidates sound like Billy Shakespeare next to Dubya.

Like I already said, artists and poets are generally 'liberal' thinkers. Bruce's endorsement of Obama shouldn't be news to anybody. News would be, like, Barbra Streisand endorsing Ron Paul, or something.

Friday, April 18, 2008 9:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce isn't that eloquent when he talks. He's a good singer, but I don't think he's a good talker.

Friday, April 18, 2008 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

There are different kinds of eloquence. Springsteen's eloquence is the kind that involves using the right words for his purpose, which is to project an atmosphere or feeling. Obama's eloquence involves forceful speaking to establish the basis for his discourse. A subtle difference, I'll grant you.

Elqouence isn't necessarily always a positive trait. Mussolini and Hitler were both exceptionally eloquent.

Friday, April 18, 2008 4:40:00 PM  

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