a bully pulpit

a bully pulpit

  (American)
an important job or position that someone can use to persuade other people to accept their ideas The presidency is a wonderful bully pulpit to convince the country of the need for a balanced budget.
See also: bully, pulpit
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Governor, I will draw from that experience and use the office as a bully pulpit to help create new and meaningful jobs and revitalize the Illinois economy," Plummer continued.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez--a self-described enemy of American imperialism--is certain to use the new body as a bully pulpit to bury U.
A former governor and national political party chairman, he brought to the LAUSD a bully pulpit and influence that few other superintendents could match.
You waste a page and our dime to give this professional self-promoter a bully pulpit on yet another antigay tirade.
Those conservative and liberal opposition leaders who are "elevating" the former aide to Chancellor Helmut Kohl from IMF headquarters in Washington to the Belvedere Castle in Berlin have a common partisan goal: by using the office of the Presidency as a bully pulpit for economic reform, they hope to improve their election chances against the Schroder government that has been trying to implement economic and social reforms and is facing punishing defeats by the voters in state and local elections.
Bush could have used his presidency as a bully pulpit in his August 2001 stem-cell speech to enunciate the clear principle--and simple biological fact that fetuses and embryos are living humans with a unique genetic code and the same inalienable right to life as adults.
Some in the industry used the opportunity as a bully pulpit to lecture the media.
The CEO's office -- whether a mahogany-paneled library or a plain-vanilla cubicle -- is a bully pulpit for change.
Passionate advocacy, moral persuasion and a bully pulpit are one thing," Mink declared in his commentary.
Daley is preaching from a bully pulpit of his own, backing efforts to clean up the city's dirty air and testing ways to lessen the heat island effect by greening rooftops--including that of City Hall.
Bush met with Ridge and told reporters that if elected president he will use the office as a bully pulpit to promote private school vouchers.
Appointed by President Clinton in 1994, the former toy safety activist at Americans for Democratic Action told reporters at one of her first news conferences, "I've never met a microphone I didn't like, and I plan to use this agency as a bully pulpit.
He understands race better than most politicians, she says, "but he hasn't used his office as a bully pulpit.
Concluding, Holland says: "My roll as Commissioner is yes, to regulate the rents, but it is also to set a new tone and try and use my office as a bully pulpit to say, 'We have to bring more sanity to the process and if not, we're all going to go down.
Rather, it is to use public office as a bully pulpit.