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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, November 01, 2011

Perry Facing Booze, Medication Questions

Unusual video of Perry is debated

WASHINGTON (By Richard S. Dunham and Peggy Fikac, Hearst Newspapers) —
Rick Perry's presidential campaign found itself on the defensive again Monday after a YouTube video of the unusually animated candidate speaking in New Hampshire provoked widespread Internet discussion and ridicule from some pundits.

During a 25-minute appearance Friday before a conservative group known as Cornerstone, Perry grinned widely, gesticulated wildly, repeatedly contorted his face and giggled at his own jokes while delivering a variation of his standard stump speech. At one point, he launched into a riff on gold, telling his audience that he hoped that they had gold stored “in the backyard” because “if they print any more money over there in Washington, then gold's gonna be good.”

He also cradled and twirled a bottle of maple syrup given to him by his hosts.

Some pundits deemed the appearance “bizarre,” and television and Internet commentators speculated, without evidence, that Perry was either drunk or on medication when he spoke.


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