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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.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Charles Krauthammer On Rick Perry Gaffe: It Reinforces A Stereotype

(By Alex Alvarez, Mediaite) - On Fox News’ 'Special Report', Charles Krauthammer offered a rather interesting and different perspective on the unfortunate gaffe Texas governor Rick Perry made last night during CNBC’s GOP debate.

Krauthammer began by sharing that, as he watched the debate live, he was “dying, like everyone else” during the cringe-inducing moment when Perry seemed to completely blank on which third agency he would do away with if he is elected president. He then recounted his own similar momentary memory lapse (which the less polished among us may, at times, refer to as a “brain fart”) during a dinner party. Moral of the story: We’ve all been there.

Charles Krauthammer: "Look, this is a moment everybody understands and has had. The problem is, with Perry, it’s the axiom in Washington: if there’s an anecdote or an incident that reinforces a previous stereotype, it really sticks. And that’s why it’s going to stick to him. ‘Cause he hadn’t done well in the debates; he didn’t look as if he was up to… he wasn’t intellectually nimble. And I think that’s why it’s going to be hard to escape."


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