[Ads-l] "bully pulpit" and interesting variation

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Tue Jan 17 11:02:22 EST 2017


Trump and his Twitter Pulpit -- the Frog and his Tulip.

The Interview (to digress) was jaw-dropping, but the photograph of the Frog and
our (Yuck's) Very Own Michael Grove -- the Man Who Is His Own Nickname -- was
beyond a thousand words.  Two upthumbs in front of a Playboy cover.  Tweedledum
and Tweedledee with matching smirks.

We've moved beyond surrealism to "My art belongs to Dada".  I'm currently
reading an SF novel by Charles Stross -- The Annihilation Score -- published in
2015, that even in a less than two-year window gets Future History slightly
wrong -- it has Boris Johnson as PM with a transparent Teresa May as the Home
Secretary (not from Hell).  Beyond weird.

On the Right-Cline:

          Solid Right     Comic Right       Barking Mad   Beyond Words

UK:   Teresa May -- Michael Grove -- Nigel Farage -- the BDF

US:    Paul Ryan  --  Mike Pence    --   The Frog     --  the KKK

You-uns are ahead of us on the curve when it comes to actually *empowering* (TM)
them ...

Robin

> 
>     OTn 17 January 2017 at 13:56 David Barnhart <dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM>
> wrote:
> 
> 
>     He proved this once again this week as he deployed his Twitter feed to
>     jawbone Republican colleagues into backing off a controversial ethics rule
>     change and to pressure automakers to keep jobs in America.
>     The prospect of the president governing, negotiating and conducting
> foreign
>     policy by tweet has riled Trump's critics. ...
>     The American president often is referred to as having the "bully
> pulpit"-the
>     power and visibility of the office to advance an agenda. Trump will have
>     that, plus a growing "Twitter pulpit" speaking directly to his roughly 19
>     million followers. Adam Shaw, "Twitter Pulpit: Trump already breaking mold
>     of the presidency," Fox News Politics (Google News), Jan. 5, 2016
> 
>    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/05/twitter-pulpit-trump-already-brea
>     king-mold-presidency.html
> 
>     A FRIENDLY donation of $55,000 was not enough to buy a heads-up from
> Malcolm
>     Turnbull. Nor was living down the road from him. The property developer
> Bob
>     Rose, who was one of MT Hammer's biggest donors, tried both. But like
>     everyone except Lucy and the dogs, he had to hear about yesterday's
>     retirement through Twitter: statesmanship in 140 characters or less. "I
> was
>     just another donor, Rose told the Herald's Erik Jensen. "Just another man
>     that thought he was the right man for the job." The decision appeared to
> be
>     completely unexpected. It's surprised me, one Wentworth local said. "I'm
>     sure lots of people will put their hands up. It's an interesting
>     development. And the boundary has moved west, which has not helped the
>     Liberal cause." But from his Twitter pulpit, Turnbull's decision mingled
>     with oration and importance. Jacqueline Maley and Leesha McKenny, "The
>     Diary," Sydney Morning Herald [Australia] (Nexis), April 7, 2010, p 24
>     Wednesday
> 
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>     MSNBC chyron on _Morning Joe_:
> 
>     "Will Trump's Polling Sink If He Keeps Up Bully Pulpit?"
> 
>     JL
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> 
>     On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 12:13 PM, <ronbutters at aol.com> wrote:
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>     > Subject: Re: "bully pulpit"
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>     >
>     > "bully" still survives (sort of) in its original sense in the frozen
>     > expression "Bully for you!" Otherwise, my intuition is that nobody who
>     > was born after about 1899 says "bully" in the sense 'great' or
>     > 'powerful'; those people are not linguistically influential.
>     > Therefore, it is not surprising that most people interpret "bully
>     > pulpit" as a noun-noun construction. Most people are not "confused,"
>     > they just speak 21st Century American English. Or so historical
>     linguistics teacheth.
>     > .................
>     > JLighter wrote [snipped]:
>     >
>     > > But others thought it ["bully pulpit"] meant that the Prez has power
>     > > to
>     > bully just about
>     > > anyone into doing almost anything he says ...
>     > >
>     > > The confusion is apparently so frequent that Wackipedia has a note ...
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