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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, June 02, 2011

CA Man Drowns After Policy Forbids Rescue Workers From Saving Him

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - A police and fire department policy has been changed after a San Francisco-area man committed suicide by wading into the bay and drowning, all while first responders stood by for an hour and watched.

Rescuers in Alameda, CA cited budget cuts and policy for not rescuing the man earlier this week.

“(The) Alameda Fire Department does not currently have, and is not certified, in land-based water rescues. The city of Alameda primarily relies on the United States Coast Guard for these types of events,” a police spokesperson told NBCBayArea.com.

The Coast Guard tried to respond, but the water was too shallow for them to stage a rescue. That created an almost unbelievable scene, said witnesses:


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