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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.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Rep. Joe Walsh Loses Cool at Town Hall: ‘That’s Not the Problem!’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is usually a mild-mannered guy with a heavy Midwestern accent. But during a town hall meeting on Sunday, he let his emotions fly while answering constituent questions on the banking industry and government regulation.

The “Cup of joe with Joe Walsh” event at a Gurnee, IL UNO bar and grill seemed to start off cordial enough. Video of the event picks up with a calm Walsh discussing random bills, taking a shot at John McCain, and calming a veteran’s fear about veterans benefits. But about six minutes in, a constituent brings up AT&T wanting to buy T-Mobile, and how it has the potential to be a monopoly. That eventually led to a discussion on government regulation and intervention, and some attendees took shots at big banks being in bed with government. Walsh had about enough of that.


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