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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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

White House Defends 'Cop Killer' Rapper, Calls Him 'Socially Conscious'

(Real Clear Politics) - President Obama does not think the rapper Common's lyrics about cop killing represents the "sum total" of his work.

"It's ironic that -- to take out those particular lyrics about this particular artist [who is] in fact known as a socially conscious hip-hop artist, rapper who has done a lot of good things. You can oppose some of what he has done and appreciate some of the other things he has done," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday afternoon.

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