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  •  Anyone else here remember the outcry by many here (1+ / 0-)
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    when it was suggested that Obama should use the bully pulpit?  I do since I was one of those criticized for such a suggestion.  The criticisms ranged from the "bully pulpit doesn't do anything" to "what do you want him to do? bang on the table?"  Now that he's using it (or threatening to do so), it's a good thing.  Gee, maybe we'd have gotten some more favorable outcomes in his first 4 years if he chose to do it earlier.

    The shift from dismissing the use of the bully pulpit when Obama wasn't using it to delight in his uses it seems to me good evidence that blind faith rather than reason rules too many Obama supporters.

    (Disclosure:  I voted for him, but unlike 2008 didn't give time or money.  His failure to fight for policies he apparently backed - like using the bully pulpit - was a main reason for my minimal campaign support.)

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:58:10 AM PST

    •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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      using the bully pulpit is a tactic, not a policy.

      i do remember...he'd make a speech or hold a presser and say good things, and it would be dismissed with "that's just talk.  i'll believe it when i see it."

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:19:29 AM PST

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      •  LOL to you too. Who said it was a policy? (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes, it's a tactic to sell your policies. Obama failed to use it to do that in his first 4 years.

        And making a speech or holding a presser on occasion to state a preference for a policy (which in Obama's case didn't mean he was taking a stand)  is not the same as fighting for a policy.  It's also not the same as using the bully pulpit, which is a more forceful and sustained use of Presidential power to command media attention and, more relevant to his apparent adoption of the tactic (it remains to be seen whether he really does adopt it rather than just threaten it), drum up public support (outcry?) for adoption of a policy.  

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:08:38 AM PST

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        •  you called it a policy (1+ / 0-)
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          His failure to fight for policies he apparently backed - like using the bully pulpit

          Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

          by Cedwyn on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:30:36 AM PST

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          •  I was referring to his failure to fight, not to (0+ / 0-)

            the policies, but I can see how you would misinterpret it.  I should have said:

            - like failing to use the bully pulpit -
            Sorry for being unclear.

            The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

            by accumbens on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:22:27 AM PST

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    •  I do remember that outcry. (1+ / 0-)
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