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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, September 25, 2008

Did McCain answer a 3 AM call?

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - CBS News reports that John McCain suspended his campaign as a response to a call from Henry Paulson to rescue the bailout plan, which would have headed for defeat without his leadership. Bob Schieffer reported this morning that McCain flew back to Washington to help reach a compromise that would allow Republicans to support a form of bailout, and that without his help, efforts to resolve the crisis would have collapsed...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been pondering this awhile, but there is something about Barack Obama that seems more like a Press Secretary than a President. He comes across as a pleasant and articulate team player, the kind of guy who would walk into a policy room or a political war room and say, "Okay guys, what are we thinking here?" Once he has mastered the message, he is a great communicator. But he has never had an original thought. That is a plus in a Press Secretary, I suppose. It is a real danger in a President. I would love to know more about how Obama caught the eye of Bill Ayers when both were in New York City during Obama's Columbia years. Ayers seems clearly to be a leader with a clear sense of where he wants to go, and somehow he saw the sponge desperate for an identity that was and is BHO. We know, thanks to Stanley Kurtz, how close the two were when they were together in Chicago, and Obama was happy to follow Ayers' lead there. What did Ayers see in Obama a few years earlier?

The risk to the country if Obama were elected would be not only that Iranian madmen would see it as a signal to increase their agitation. It would also turn lose on the public the mandarins in the Senate and the House of Representatives. I cannot see Barney Frank or Chuck Schumer waiting on a President Obama before pursuing their personal policy preferences. They already tell Pelosi and Reid what to say, and they would easily overwhelm the One.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 12:54:00 PM  

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