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from Tales from the Trail:

Contrite Obama shows personal side

It wasn't quite a Bill Clinton-style "I feel your pain" moment, but for President Barack Obama it was about as emotional as he ever gets in public.

Often criticized as aloof and cerebral, Obama showed his personal side at Wednesday's news conference. OBAMA/

His tone throughout was one of a chastened leader, aware that voters had dealt him and his party a rebuke over the failure to fix the economy.

 The contrition was palpable both in his words, his subdued demeanor and his admission that the election had been in part a referendum on him, and that he had gotten a "shellacking."

from Tales from the Trail:

Palin for President? Someone’s gotta do it

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. And if no one else wants to do it, Sarah Palin says she would step in.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who has been stirring the pot this year with her backing for Tea Party candidates for the midterm elections, has been hard to pin down on whether she plans to run for president in 2012. Well, until now.

from Tales from the Trail:

Reuters-Ipsos poll: Pennsylvania Senate race tied with one week left

The Pennsylvania Senate race has tightened up considerably a week before the Nov. 2 election and is likely to be hard fought to the end.

USA-ELECTIONS/Republican Pat Toomey, who had a 10 percentage point advangate among likely voters in August, is now locked in a tight race with Democrat Joe Sestak -- tied at 46 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Legumes and goobers and tubers, oh my!

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Blog Guy, you've helped other readers with their photo collections. I recall the guy who collects pictures of dancing presidents, and the one who asked for shots of rich folks eating ice cream.

veg michelle potato new 280Frankly, as a serious collector, both of those guys sound pretty weird to me.

I see. And what do you collect?

Photos of important people with vegetables. Here's part of my collection, including my pride and joy, former President George Bush holding a can of Bush's Baked Beans. That one is worth a fortune.

from Tales from the Trail:

George W. Bush starting to emerge from cone of silence

George W. Bush is slowly starting to emerge from a self-imposed cone of silence that he has generally adhered to since leaving Washington for Texas when he turned over the presidency to Barack Obama.

BASEBALL/President No. 43 gave a lecture at the University of Texas in Tyler, Texas, on Tuesday and spoke before a sold-out crowd of 2,000 people. All this is according to the Tyler newspaper.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Busting those Obama myths (or not)

Our top story today (at least according to readers of Reuters.com):  President Barack Obama is to appear on “Mythbusters”, a television series that uses science to separate fact from fiction. It is part of a White House effort to highlight the importance of science, math and engineering, as experts warn that low interest in these subjects could damage America’s global competitiveness.

Among the myths the program has tackled before:

What's worse, having an empty beer bottle smashed over your head or a full one?

Can a sniffer dog be thrown off the scent using household items?

USA/A myth Obama will help debunk:

The 2,000-year-old story that Greek mathematician and engineer Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using a system of mirrors to focus the sun's rays.

from Tales from the Trail:

Rice returns to White House for audience with another president

Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state to former President George W. Bush, returns to the White House this afternoon for a chat with the man who succeeded her boss, President Barack Obama. HONGKONG

It's not totally unheard of for presidents to chat with predecessors' Cabinet members. And the one-on-one in the Oval Office is probably just a show of respect for a former U.S. foreign policy leader.

from Tales from the Trail:

In Washington, Clooney shines his star power for Sudan

USA/The  normally buzzing White House press gallery came to a halt on Tuesday as film star George Clooney visited in hopes that his megawatt star power would draw mainstream media attention to  Sudan,  and help prompt President Barack Obama and other world leaders to use "robust diplomacy" to prevent violence in the African nation before a crucial election on Jan. 9.

"Right now, at this moment there's an opportunity here to negotiate this, to negotiate a peace treaty," Clooney told reporters at the White House after meeting with President Barack Obama. "It's complicated and it's difficult and it means negotiating with people who you don't necessarily like and you don't necessarily get along with. This administration seems committed to it and we have to focus on that right now."

from Tales from the Trail:

What’s it like to be the most powerful woman in the world? Michelle knows

Michelle Obama is the most powerful woman in the world. So says Forbes magazine.

Does it mean she can leap tall buildings in a single bound? We're not sure. But she did jump over women with a decade more experience (an assumption based on age) in the top 5 -- Kraft Foods Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld, talk show host Oprah Winfrey,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. OBAMA/

Has the designation changed anything in her household, given that her husband is the leader of the free world? We asked her office, but they wouldn't bite.

from Tales from the Trail:

White House Intrigue: Could Hillary Replace Joe?

OBAMA/Could Hillary replace Joe as Barack's main squeeze in 2012? That's the juicy bit of palace intrigue enlivening today's U.S. political melodrama.

It started when author Bob Woodward told CNN that the idea of a Clinton-Biden switch was "on the table" -- at least among some Clinton advisers. A switch would mean Hillary becoming President Obama's vice presidential running mate and Joe taking up her State Department chores.

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