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Bully pulpit

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President Theodore Roosevelt delivering a speech

A bully pulpit is a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. This term was coined by United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who referred to his office as a "bully pulpit", by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda. Roosevelt used the word bully as an adjective meaning "superb" or "wonderful", a more common usage at that time.[1][2]


  1. ^ Cullinane, Michael Patrick; Elliott, Clare Frances (February 18, 2014). Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House. Routledge. pp. 80–. ISBN 978-1-135-07903-1.
  2. ^ Nelson, Stephen James (September 16, 2009). "Chapter 4 The Bully Pulpit: Use It or Lose It". Leaders in the Crossroads: Success and Failure in the College Presidency. R&L Education. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-1-60709-249-0.

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