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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, May 05, 2011

Charles Krauthammer: Obama Has "Compulsive Need" To Be "Morally Preen"

Charles Krauthammer: "I can understand if the president's decision is based exclusively on consideration of the diplomats abroad. You don't want to take the risk. I would disagree but that is a respectable conclusion. But for the president to say this is not who we are, we don't go about displaying trophies, we don't spike the football, is there any serious American, any serious leader in the country who is proposing the release as a way of strutting? ... The only reason you want to release it is to prove he is dead, especially in parts of the world, there will be mythology. The only reason the president ordered the raid the way he did, a risky operation, he could have used a predator and destroyed the compound and reduced bin Laden to a cinder. The reason he ordered a raid, risky operation, is to produce proof of death. We did not enter this to produce a trophy. I'm not sure why the president has a compulsive need to morally preen that he is not spiking the football."

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