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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, July 19, 2012

Obama Ad Accuses Mitt Romney of 'Launching a False Attack' for Quoting Obama

(By Daniel Halper, The Weekly Standard) - President Obama's reelection campaign accuses Mitt Romney of distorting the president's words, by showing a side by side comparison of the Obama's words and Romney's quotation of those words:

"Mitt Romney is launching a false attack," the ad's text states. But the weird thing is: The Obama campaign is purposefully trying to make it sound like Romney is misquoting the president, when the official White House transcript backs up Romney's quotation.

In the ad, Romney says that Obama revealed his thoughts on business when he said this, "If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

And, in fact, according to official White House transcript that's precisely what Obama said on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia.


Anonymous Dr. Charles Krauthammer said...

I think Obama has made the gaffe of the year when he said if you created a business you didn’t build it. That phrase “you didn’t build it” should be hung around Obama until the end of his presidency.

I read the totality of the statement — and it’s worse if you read it all. Essentially he has a view that is antithetical to view that the majority of the Americans have, which is that enterprise, initiative, the markets are what drive American wealth and excellence and achievements. Government is parasitic on that and lives off the excess wealth in the form of taxation.

Obama has the view [that] at the heart of American excellence and achievement is government and not enterprise. I think what Romney ought to do is take the headline in today’s lead editorial in the “Wall Street Journal,” “Solyndra vs. Staples.” And he has to have a simple slogan: “Obama and his administration gave you Solyndra — using your money, incidentally. I and my colleagues in the free enterprise system gave you Staples — with all the jobs and all the wealth and all the accrued wealth it gave to the foundations, to the pension [funds], and the universities that invested with us in those enterprises.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 3:50:00 PM  

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