Our president was roused to speak out against guns by the massacre of 20 youngsters at Sandy Hook.
One point in the story that has roused special fury is this chart, projecting China's economy will overtake Americas by 2017.
Whether or not that signaled a higher-profile return to politics, it was a good exit line that roused the CPAC crowd.
mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.