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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.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Obama to Visit Indonesian Mosque

(By KENDRA MARR, POLITICO.com) - President Barack Obama will visit one of the world's largest mosques when he makes good on a long-delayed promise to visit Indonesia, the island nation where he lived briefly as a child.

The president will visit Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta - the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the third largest Muslim house of worship in the world - during his swing through the country Nov. 9-10. Islam is the dominant religion in populous Indonesia, making it the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

White House national security aide Ben Rhodes said the visit is standard protocol for Obama, who visited the famed Blue Mosque while on a visit to Turkey shortly after his inauguration. "When he visited Muslim-majority countries as president, he has often visited the most prominent mosques," Rhodes said.


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