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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, February 24, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld Refuses To Apologize To Soldiers’ Families While On 'The View'

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is proving he’s not afraid of anyone on his media tour, and after escaping some recent comedic and serious interviews virtually unscathed, he was now ready to enter the lion’s den known as 'The View'. The most interesting moment came when Barbara Walters may have caught Rumsfeld a little off-guard, as she twice asked Rumsfeld if he wanted to apologize to the families of soldiers who died during the Iraq war.

Yet Rumsfeld did not think an apology was appropriate, instead repeating his belief that no soldier died in vain. In a more humorous exchange, conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested that “the First Lady may have had a stronger stance on trans fats than Obama did on Gaddafi,” but the media savvy Rumsfeld, possibly knowing his audience, did not take the bait to bash Obama and surprisingly ended up agreeing with liberal co-host Joy Behar (to much audience amusement) in defending Obama’s efforts at private diplomacy.

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