Meaning of bully pulpit in English:

bully pulpit


Translate bully pulpit into Spanish


North American
  • A public office or position of authority that provides its occupant with an opportunity to speak out on any issue.

    ‘he could use the presidency as a bully pulpit to bring out the best in civic life’
    • ‘So he did the best he could with what he had: he used his office as a bully pulpit to speak the truth about our neglectful shepherds.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most important strength is the high importance attached to the president's using his bully pulpit to articulate a democratic vision and to attach his personal prestige to the democracy-building endeavor.’
    • ‘Some in the industry used the opportunity as a bully pulpit to lecture the media.’
    • ‘And basically using the authority of my office, and the bully pulpit, to campaign for them up and down the state.’
    • ‘President Kennedy took to television and declared from the bully pulpit: ‘We are confronted primarily with a moral issue.’’
    • ‘But the position has also become a bully pulpit, letting the occupant rattle everyone from underperforming CEOs to the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.’
    • ‘Some folks would really like to see the late night comedians use their shows as bully pulpits to advance certain positions.’
    • ‘I don't care if we like it or not, the Republicans are the ones with the money and the bully pulpit and they're going to hammer on it.’
    • ‘His was a conception of the presidency in which there was little room for the bully pulpit.’
    • ‘More than that, this nation needs a president who uses his bully pulpit to seriously promote responsible behavior by corporate executives.’
    • ‘But the individuals with the bully pulpit must be out in front, making the case to all citizens that their vote makes a difference.’
    • ‘This latter role offers considerable potential as a bully pulpit.’
    • ‘After all, why didn't he mount his bully pulpit and say so at the time?’
    • ‘But what's wrong with having a bully pulpit, using that kind of forum as a bully pulpit to talk about these economic issues?’
    • ‘You know, after a setback, most presidents use the bully pulpit to go speechifying.’
    • ‘But when you hold the White House those approaches really can work - because you have three levers of power, the executive branch, the bully pulpit and the veto pen.’
    • ‘He responded that he had thought about it, but decided that he can effect a change in the political landscape more thoroughly from his bully pulpit on the air.’
    • ‘But as part of a broader cultural argument from the bully pulpits of government, churches, foundations, and academia, it is essential.’
    • ‘He has to either compromise with the opposition parties, or else use the bully pulpit of the presidency to sway public opinion which in turn would affect opposition policy.’


Early 20th century apparently originally used by President Theodore Roosevelt, explaining his personal view of the presidency.