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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, January 28, 2011

University Uninvites Bristol Palin Over Too Much ‘Controversy’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Washington University in St. Louis, MO has uninvited Bristol Palin to speak at its annual “Sex Week” because it deemed her appearance had become, and would be, too controversial. But that’s not the decision the university came to when it hosted former green jobs czar Van Jones in November.

Palin was originally invited to talk about the importance of abstinence and, as the student newspaper 'Student Life' says, counteract the liberal bent of the annual event. She was supposed to appear on a panel alongside, among others, a representative from Planned Parenthood.

But some at the university — specifically students — went berserk because Palin is considered too controversial, saying that her presence would overshadow the event itself. They also took umbrage with the approximately $20,000 speaking fee Palin was set to be paid — money that would have been drawn from a student fee fund:

The school did, however, host Van Jones in November.

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