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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, May 29, 2008

Hillary’s Rhetoric vs. Obama’s Hypocrisy

By Tammy Bruce
FOX News Political Contributor/Radio talk show host

I haven’t liked the Clintons for some time now but have grown to admire Hillary Clinton’s resilience and commitment to the Democratic race in the face of ridiculous bullying to get her to quit. After all, if the nomination is in Obama’s pocket, why are his supporters frantic in their efforts to get her to quit?

That admiration, I must admit, took a hit last week when Hillary delivered her bizarre RFK assassination remark as a supposed example of Democratic primary timelines. I don’t necessarily believe her explanation, but the fire she has come under has been excessive and, frankly, when it comes to liberal complaints, ridiculous. For the past 7 years liberals have luxuriated in various death wishes for both President Bush and Vice President Cheney. And now they’re shocked, just shocked, at even just the reference to RFK’s murder?

My disappointment with what is at least Hillary’s sloppy, and tasteless rhetoric was mitigated when I heard Obama’s speech on Sunday to Wesleyan graduates. He warned the 700+ undergraduates and 120 doctoral students of the “poverty of ambition” and essentially encouraged them to not pursue the American dream...


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