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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, April 09, 2008

Rep. McHenry Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot, Loses Leg To Stand On

McHenry under fire over Iraq visit

HICKORY — U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry enraged his opponents with his actions during a trip to Iraq last month and comments after his return. The first issue erupted last week when video of McHenry’s speech to a Republican gathering in Lincoln County showed the congressman speaking of an early morning trip to the gym while in the area known as the Green Zone. A military guard stopped him because the congressman lacked sufficient credentials. During his light-hearted speech, McHenry referred to the guard as a “two-bit security guard,” by not allowing him to enter the gym without proper credentials.
The military guard was not a United States soldier, but an employee of a foreign contractor providing security at the site. That didn’t lessen the reaction from his opponents. — Andrew Mackie, Hickory Daily Record, Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Meanwhile, from the Charlotte Observer:

Pentagon: Lawmaker can't re-air Iraq video; Rep. Patrick McHenry faces accusations his video breached security

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon told an N.C. lawmaker Tuesday that he couldn't re-air a video he shot in Baghdad after accusations surfaced that he breached operational security in detailing enemy rocket attacks. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Republican from Cherryville, traveled to Iraq with other lawmakers for the first time on March 22. On Friday, his Web site featured a video shot in the fortified section of Baghdad known as the Green Zone. McHenry could be seen gesturing to a building behind him and saying that one of 11 rockets "hit just over my head." Then he named two other places struck by the rockets ...
A Pentagon spokesman said he didn't know what McHenry was told in Iraq, "but we routinely brief our operational rules to our visitors in Iraq and Afghanistan." "We do not as a matter of policy discuss attacks in a way that would provide the enemy any better understanding of the effectiveness of their attacks," said Lt. Col. Todd Vician.
A spokesman for the Multi-National Forces in Iraq said that he didn't know what the rules were for congressmen, but the military is not allowed to talk about battle damage. — Lisa Zagaroli

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