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Bully Pulpit

2 Ways to be a positive change-maker: Reconciling conversations and peace-making

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Robert V. Taylor

Beyond the post-election protests and celebrations lies a vital question. How do we move beyond the demonizing of one another that is a path to our m...

Can America Be Saved?: How Did 'Yes, We Can!' Become 'No, We Couldn't'? (Part One)

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This is not about President Obama, but about something bigger and deeper. It's about whether there's any real hope for America, and whether specifically there's hope that Liberal America can and will play the role that our nation needs for it to play.

Obama: Lead, Don't Make the White House the Whine House!

Gil Troy | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Gil Troy

On August 1, President Barack Obama turned the White House into the Whine House. Thwarted in Gaza, the Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, Obama note...

The Obama Drama

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Pierre Guerlain

Everyone remembers the 2008 campaign when, in the exhilaration of Obamania, the advertising slogan "no-drama Obama" had a fair amount of success. This reflected a common misunderstanding of politics, for personalities matter much less than the force field of conflicts between the various powerful sectors in oligarchic democracies.

The President, the Pen, the Phone, and the States

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm often asked what President Obama can really accomplish on the economy with just "the pen and the phone," i.e., what can he do without Congress.

Jason Linkins

State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...

Scuttle the 'Bully Pulpit' Metaphor

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As it is often said that "elections have consequences," in fact so do words. Therefore, let us assign and bury the "bully pulpit" to the archives of linguistics.

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

Jason Linkins

Eat The Press Has Scored A Decisive Victory Over Chris Cillizza In 'Bully Pulpit' Blowout | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

Eat The Press has beaten the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza in political science, in a rout. Let's go to the Eat The Press telestrator for the detai...

Jason Linkins

Here Are 5 'Green Lantern' Options Open To President Obama | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

The short version of my post from Wednesday about the limits of presidential power and influence is simply this: The process of policymaking affords ...

Jason Linkins

What If Ron Fournier Can't Read? | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

Lord knows I don't relish having to come into these pages and explain over and over again why the Total Willpower Theory of presidential tactics is co...

'Pope Francis Apologizes to LGBT Youth at World Youth Day Event:' My Prayer for the Church

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

It is inconceivable to me that we as a church are unwilling to connect the dots between the church's teaching on homosexuality and the way it's being implemented by members of the hierarchy and the harm it is causing to our LGBT youth.

Trayvon Martin and President Obama's Moment

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

While his words were poignant and necessary, they will ring hollow if he does little else going forward to give voice to the millions of Americans of all colors who want to change our culture for the better.

Jason Linkins

Presidential Bully Pulpit Is Not Dead -- It's Never Actually Been Alive | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

When Chris Cillizza writes, as he did Monday, that the "bully pulpit just ain’t what it used to be," it primes me to expect that some exciting news ...

Has the U.S. Presidency Become Monarchical?

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Today, the American presidency is the kind of office Henry and Randolph warned us against, and the Congress itself is complicit in the perilous expansion of presidential powers.

Jason Linkins

Real Talk: State Of The Union Addresses Don't Actually Accomplish Very Much | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

Big presidential speeches do not help shape and shift opinion. The power of the bully pulpit is overrated. Presidents typically evince support for pol...

Mark Blumenthal

The Road Forward: Obama Rethinks The Bully Pulpit | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama begins his second term enjoying his strongest approval ratings in three years. Less clear is whether that newly g...

Amanda Terkel

Elizabeth Warren Brings Digital Army To Senate | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Nov. 15, a week after Democrats saw sweeping wins in U.S. Senate races, members received an email from one of the biggest ...

Happy Thanksgiving, President Obama (And Some Second-Term Advice)

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Millions of Americans will start off their Thanksgiving statements with, "I am thankful Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. The biggest lesson we hope he learned from over the past four is to not start negotiating from a compromise position.

Techies Cash In On Romney, Obama

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 07.25.2012 | Small Business

A presidential race with record-breaking campaign spending plus digitally savvy American voters equals an obvious opportunity for technology companies...

President Obama's Bullying Pulpit

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The Justices will soon vote. They are on notice that Barack Obama will not only disapprove of them if they don't vote his way, he clearly intends to campaign against the Supreme Court if they rule ObamaCare unconstitutional.

Friday Talking Points -- Ads Obama Should Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama should run a few ads right now which do not even mention the election. Instead of saying "vote for me!" these ads should say "pass my jobs bill" in as many creative ways as possible.

Friday Talking Points -- Give 'Em Hell, Barry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama opened his re-election campaign last night with a wowzer of a speech to a joint session of Congress.

Friday Talking Points -- In The Darkest Depths of Mordor

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If I were a hobbit, right about now I would be wondering just how the heck I wound up at the center of this Washington intraparty political fight, personally.

The Empty Bully Pulpit

Robert Reich | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

How did we get into this mess? Part of the answer lies with the president -- and his inability or unwillingness to use the bully pulpit to tell Americans the truth, and mobilize them for what must be done.