Is Obama using the full powers of the Bully Pulpit?





After 37 days in office, Obama’s administration continues to be the leader in use of unilateral powers of the presidency (30 actions vs. an average of 14.5 for the comparison group). Obama’s “going public” strategy has also been distinctive. Obama has been among the slowest of our group of “change presidents” to use his “bully pulpit” to address the nation as a whole about his priorities. ...

However, Obama has been very active in participating in public events at which he makes “remarks.” Obama recorded more such events in the first five weeks of his presidency than any presidents in our comparison group. He’s also done more events outside Washington, D.C. than the others.





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