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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.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Charles Krauthammer Scorches Obama for Killing Keystone Pipeline

Charles Krauthammer: What I think the president is saying this is not in the national interest was being extremely cynical. That statement he made about Canada and Mexico is the real key here. It's not just that it creates tens of thousands of jobs but that in a world where our sources of oil are unstable and unfriendly, like from the Middle East or other parts of the world like Russia, this would be source from the nearest neighbor and reliable ally.

And that oil would go to China. The Canadian prime minister made it clear when he was here a few months ago that if it doesn't had south it will head west to Alberta, and the Chinese will have access to really important strategic asset.

This idea we heard from Carney about the arbitrary deadline, the president imposed arbitrary deadline or timeline. He had to make a decision at the end of last year and he decided arbitrarily it needed 12 months of study. That number gets past the election. It's all about the election. Not angering his base on the left. It has nothing to do with studies. This is the most studied pipeline in the history of the United States, three years of study that concluded that it would be ecologically safe. This is all about reelection. It's nothing else.


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