Whereas Congressional authority is given constitutional advantages, the vast reach of presidential power is found through political means. Though not always true, Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 understood this when he said, "I suppose my critics will call that preaching but I have got such a bully pulpit." It should be noted, however, that in those days the word "bully" meant "excellent," "superb," and "wonderful." Roosevelt understood that the status of president gave the office a unique position to persuade and therefore the ability to accomplish great things. Regardless of personality, the American public looks to the president for leadership, guidance and direction. We, more often than not, follow. Today the connotation of "bully" is to be a "ruffian" or "intimidator." In either case, whether a bully is a sweetheart or a junk-yard dog, the president of the United States has gained by the nature of the office great and grande power to advance an agenda that is difficult to impede.