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    raina

    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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