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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.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Charles Krauthammer blasts Obama as ‘weak, plaintive and small’

(By Jeff Poor, The Daily Caller) - When President Barack Obama took the podium Monday, just three days after the Standard & Poor’s downgrade, it was widely considered an opportunity for the commander-in-chief to give the U.S. economy some confidence amid tumult in the financial markets. But based on the market’s performance the rest of the afternoon, his comments may have had just the opposite effect.

On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized Obama for doing just that — not portraying the right image or speaking the right words to allay market jitters. According to Krauthammer, he played the blame game instead.

“Look, he is accusing the tea party because it threatened default, for causing this,” Krauthammer said. “He himself said openly he would veto any debt ceiling extension that wasn’t long enough to get him into 2013. He was going to veto it over the length, which incidentally turns out to be, as you point out, irrelevant. He got what he wanted on length and we still got the downgrade.”


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