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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, August 02, 2011

Chris Matthews: Tea Party Is "Hostage-Taking" To Keep Bush In Power

"What we've discovered now, Mr. Director [Jack Lew of OMB] on two occasions now, last December and now is that the Republican leadership going along with the Tea Party is able to hostage take to use the term we're both using here.

"Their able to use the hostage of the government crashing, the economy crashing to get their way. How can the American people configure that the next were around that we're not going to be stuck again with Bush's tax policies?

"We elected President Obama, the American people, but we're stuck with Bush's economic policies because they keep hostage-taking to keep Bush in power. President Bush is still dictating tax policy in this country because of the Tea Party."


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