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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, July 26, 2011

Charles Krauthammer Reacts to Obama Address: This Was a Campaign Speech

(By Fox News Insider) - After Monday night’s address by the president and response by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Bret Baier and his political panel reacted. Steve Hayes and A.B. Stoddard weighed in, Stoddard saying that when it came to the president, his speech was “exactly what [was] expected.” Hayes suggested that the president’s remarks completely ignored the progress of the last few days.

The critique most noteworthy, however, may have belonged to Charles Krauthammer who said he believed Obama’s speech was a purely partisan campaign speech.

“He kept using the term ‘balanced approach,’ which is a word tested in the polls to appeal to Independents.”

Krauthammer also pointed out the comparison Obama tried to make to President Ronald Reagan in the former commander in chief’s ability to sway Americans on a particular issue.

“Remember what he said to Eric Cantor? ‘You call my bluff, I’ll go to the people?’ This is his attempt … let’s see if it works.”


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