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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, October 22, 2009

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Petty

From Rush Limbaugh: Last week, after Fox News aired video of Anita Dunn quoting Mao Tse-tung (who she called one of her "favorite political philosophers"), the Obama White House went ballistic. First, they blackballed Fox, banning White House staff from appearing on the network. Then they backtracked, retreating to their standard smear campaign -- supported by the State-Controlled Media.

Meanwhile, the White House is at war with the US Chamber of Commerce, over the Chamber's objections to health care and cap-and-tax proposals that will ruin American businesses; Obama consigliere Valerie Jarrett is leading the charge to smear the Chamber.

Now, my friends, the White House enemies list is growing. Obama has smeared doctors, insurance companies, auto and finance execs, media critics, and lots of others. He routinely accuses opponents of lying, greed, spreading misinformation, and worse. (All of the things he does!)

All this points to who this president is, and what the presidency has become. Obama proudly proclaims he want to usher in "fundamental changes" to our republic. He lacks public support for any of his schemes, but yet he and his minions throw thin-skinned temper tantrums at anybody who offers critical analysis of his plans.

Those who have studied history (like I have) know what happens when a thin-skinned, totalitarian narcissist with no constraints has the power to squash dissent: they just annihilate all opposition. But, thanks to the genius of our Founders, we have checks and balances, and regular elections, to limit the damage that a petty president -- like this one -- can do... if those elections are fair. Anybody ever heard of ACORN?

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
WaPo: Rift between Obama and Chamber of Commerce widening
Politico.com: Containing Fox


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