Wed, 11 Feb 2009 22:01:13 +0000 – By Lanny DavisAttorney/Former White House Special Counsel
Teddy Roosevelt said the presidency is a bully pulpit. George W. Bush frequently went out into the country to sell his programs and policies -- whether tax cuts or the Iraq War -- and often by inferring or stating that "Washington doesn't get it."
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Anyone who suggests that what President Obama is doing now, visiting and holding town meetings in economically hard-hit communities to increase public pressure for passage of the stimulus package, is either unusual or wrong and is using a double standard -- or ignoring history--or both.
Lanny Davis is a regular weekly columnist for The Hill. In 1996-98, Davis served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton. He attended Yale Law School with Hillary Clinton in 1969-70 and has remained friends with her ever since. He is the author of the book, "Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping With Crises in Business, Politics, and Life," (Simon & Schuster March 2013). Follow him on Twitter at @LannyDavis.