The term "bully pulpit" was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt who used it to describe the White House as a platform for persuasion.
In today's lesson, the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how this platform extended beyond the White House. Indeed, Roosevelt displayed a mastery for dealing with the press, the vehicle by which his message reached a mass audience.
Goodwin also explores the question of what the bully pulpit means in our media environment today. Do we have the capacity to have serious conversations about issues or do these conversations tend to get lost in all of the noise around us?