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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 27, 2010

Senate Leader Reid: Some Republicans Call Unemployed Americans ‘Bums’ and ‘Hobos’

(CNSNews.com) - As the unemployment rate in the United States approaches 10 percent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that some “on the Republican side” have called out-of-work Americans “bums” and “hobos.” He also said the unemployed are people who legitimately “cannot find work for long periods of time,” and he disagreed with those who suggest that unemployment is a “never-ending issue.”

“You have two Senators here, the Reid cousins,” Harry Reid told reporters during a Wednesday press conference about defense spending with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.). “We have tremendous unemployment in our states. We’re vying [for] who has the highest unemployment--it’s nothing you want to win but we’ve got problems in our states. We have huge unemployment. We can’t leave here unless we address that issue.”


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