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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, March 24, 2011

Obama More 'Hawkish' Than Bush, Yet Better at Carrying Out His Policies Say 'Morning Joe' Pundits

(By Matt Hadro, NewsBusters.org) - Is Obama more 'hawkish' and yet more charming than Bush?

Apparently so, claimed Time's Mark Halperin and MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski on Thursday's "Morning Joe." Halperin believes that President Obama has been more cavalier than his predecessor, and Brzezinski thinks that although Obama has extended many of Bush's unpopular policies, he brings a different "characterization" to the table.

The panel harped on the irony of Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize despite his inexperience in the White House at the time (less than a year) and the fact that he has continued American wars overseas and started a third one. Liberals Mike Barnicle and Mika Brzezinski were both admittedly taken aback by the decision to bestow the prize to President Obama.

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