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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.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bare-breasted Protesters in Asheville Draw Crowd of Thousands

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina protest proves that a demonstration with bare-breasted women demanding the right to go topless will draw a crowd.

Dozens of women protested topless in downtown Asheville on Sunday. Police estimated the crowd that gathered to watch reached up to 2,000. Some people said they agreed with the protesters. Others said the protest was embarrassing and crude.

Asheville was one of about a dozen U.S. cities with demonstrations taking a stand for the right to go topless. North Carolina law allows women to be topless, but organizers said they want women to be free from social pressures regarding bared breasts.

Police Capt. Tim Splain said the event went off with no arrests or police intervention, although traffic was a problem.


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