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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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

'Otis' impersonator headed for court in Mount Airy sidewalk dispute

MOUNT AIRY (By Monte Mitchell, Winston-Salem Journal) - There are two sides to a game of checkers, and the case of the City of Mount Airy v. Otis is heading to court, where a judge will hear both sides of the story.

Jimmy Slate, who dresses as Otis from "The Andy Griffith Show" and plays checkers in front of his son's downtown store, was arrested April 21 for violating a city ordinance against obstructing the sidewalk.

The case has gone semi-viral, with a YouTube video, newspaper and TV stories and more than 20,000 views on Gawker.


Blogger Odell said...

Just stupid!! What are they going to do next? Arrest the 50 foot line of people obstructing the sidewalk waiting to get in to eat at Snappy Lunch. I have seen them lined up as long as an hour. This is a black eye on the town of Mount Airy and the Mayberry image it wants to set.Downtown has a good thing going but needs to keep there bullit in there pocket like Barney before they shoot thereselves in the foot. LOL O H

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:24:00 PM  

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