Coined by US 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. See bully (“superb, wonderful”).
- (US) An advantageous position from which to express one's views.
- 1909 February 27, Lyman Abbott, “A Review of President Roosevelt's Administration: Its Influence on Patriotism and Public Service”, in The Outlook, New York, page 430:
- [President Theodore Roosevelt] said: "I suppose my critics will call that preaching, but I have got such a bully pulpit!"