Just a brief reminder as we enter the second Obama presidential term.
The Teddy Roosevelt phrase “bully pulpit” doesn’t imply using president power as a means of being aggressive or nasty. Anyone who uses “bully pulpit” to imply that the president should throw his weight around and force enemies to acquiesce to him is terribly mistaken.
When Roosevelt coined the term, the word “bully” meant “excellent” — not a schoolyard aggressor who preyed upon weaker kids. In other words, the presidency is a great platform for talking about ideas because the president is visible enough so as to grab the attention of the people.
Excellent pulpit. Not aggressive dickwad pulpit.
Are we clear on this?