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  •  Wow - I guess you never go on TV then (7+ / 0-)

    because he has done more interviews, speeches, Town Halls than any other President?

    Why to sell the Health Care and to talk about the importance of the Stimulus when the Republicans were all shouting against it.

    So please spare me with your patronizing comment about my comment being facile.

    Because quite frankly, this mythology of the bully pulpit in my mind has been built up.

    What about the traditional notion of Obama's persuasive power? Edwards believes that "presidential power is not the power to persuade." There is no evidence that presidents, through the force of the bully pulpit, change the deep structure of American politics. We expect presidents to be "transformational leaders," Edwards says, but what we really want is for them to rise to the occasion. If we grant Obama's rhetorical skills transformational power, we are missing where his real power lies.

    Edwards seem to believe that presidential persuasive power is limited to elite opinion, and in highly polarized times, helps to define what the opposition is going to respond to rather than changing the public's mind on anything of substance.  If Edwards is right, Obama's efforts to re-sell the public on the worth of the stimulus package and health care are for naught. Over time, people will retroactively assess those policies in the context of whether or not they seem to be working.

    But you don't address the ridiculous and silly comment left by the person I was responding to.

    Why does he need to be told to be engaged and to be involved? Isn't that an automatic assumption??

    Does he really need the President to be like Oliver Twist - cap in hand - asking for more (help)?

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