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November 13th, 2013
05:56 PM ET

Lead Read: 'The Bully Pulpit'

President Theodore Roosevelt called journalists "muckrakers" back in his day.

And in that tumultuous, booming era at the turn of the 20th century, when the country was inundated with new technology, mass immigration, Washington gridlock, and a cavernous gap between rich and poor, Teddy Roosevelt called himself "a progressive."

Roosevelt also happened to have "the most remarkable relationship" with the press, said Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of the new book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism."

Roosevelt talked to the press during his shave, when he was signing papers at the end of the day, and had lunch, dinner, and breakfast with journalists, said Goodwin.

Coined by Roosevelt, "the term bully pulpit means you've got the platform to mobilize the country to put pressure on a Congress," said Kearns Goodwin. 

President Barack Obama certainly needs to put pressure on Congress, "but you have to have a good relationship with the press to do it," said Goodwin.

For more of our interview with author Doris Kearns Goodwin, check out the video above.

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