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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

Reagan Daughter Angry Over Shooter Hinckley’s Lax Treatment

The Reagan family, from left: Mike, Mike's wife Colleen, Ronald, son Ron, Nancy, and Patti.

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - It’s a fairly quaint and serene picture Patti Davis paints of a man with an almost picturesque life. That man strolls around and feeds stray cats, spends time at the beach and bowling allies, and even basks in the sun while reading and playing guitar. Thoughts of a French aristocrat may come to mind. Until you realize that Davis used to be Patti Reagan, and she’s writing about the man who tried to kill her father, Ronald.

In a fascinating, yet chilling, story in this month’s TIME Magazine, Davis explains that one of the world’s most infamous assassins, John W. Hinckley, Jr., lives a surprisingly relaxed life these days at St. Elizabeth’s Mental Hospital in Virginia — where he was sentenced to stay after being found not guilty on the grounds of insanity. But increasingly Hinckley has been granted more freedoms, and as Davis writes, it is a painful realization considering his deranged actions have affected so many.


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