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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 09, 2011

Obama Blames Congress for Downgrade, Calls for Tax Hikes

Obama: Downgrade should create 'renewed sense of urgency'

(By David Jackson, USA Today) - President Obama said today that the U.S. lost its AAA credit rating because analysts "doubted our political system's ability to act," and Congress must respond with a debt plan that includes taxes as well as budget cuts.

Making his first public comments since Standard and Poor's announced the downgrade on Friday night, Obama said he will soon be making recommendations to a special congressional committee assigned to look for debt reduction of $1.5 trillion over ten years.

"My hope is that Friday's news will give us a renewed sense of urgency," Obama said during brief remarks at the White House.

Seeking to calm markets that dropped sharply on the S & P news, Obama said the financial system remains strong, and will get stronger with a "balanced" deficit reduction plan that asks wealthy Americans to pay their fair share.

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