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from Tales from the Trail:

Will Gulf getaway be much of a vacation for Obama?

A two-day trip to the Gulf Coast for President Barack Obama and his family will feature some beach time but maybe not a great deal of rest and relaxation.

OIL-SPILL/ANALYSTSPreviewing the first family's vacation to Panama City, Florida, this weekend, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said it would include briefings on the oil spill cleanup, an update on how weather would affect the completion of the relief well and discussions about the spill's impact on businesses.

Obama will also serve as chief pitchman for the effort to attract tourists back to the region.

"The president will meet with business and tourism leaders to discuss the impacts that they've seen on their business because of the oil spill," Gibbs told the daily White House news briefing.

from Tales from the Trail:

White House spokesman’s “professional left” comment bites back

If the White House was trying to fire up its liberal base ahead of the Nov. 2 elections, this was probably not the way to go about it.

USA/White House spokesman Robert Gibbs criticized the "professional left" for criticizing his boss, President Barack Obama, but the comment came back to bite him.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama settles for half a sub

Can half a super sub really be considered super? And when is half a loaf better than the whole?

These questions came to mind when President Barack Obama visited a New Jersey sandwich shop and showed restraint by ordering half a super sub -- although he did ask for everything on it saying he had heard that "is the way to go." OBAMA/

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama girls get their own presidential lecture on fiscal responsibility

Just because they live in the White House doesn't mean they can't earn a little pocket money.

President Barack Obama says his daughters get an allowance and are nearing an age when they can earn some working capital by babystitting. OBAMA/

from Tales from the Trail:

Rrrrrrring, it’s the President calling…

They talked. 

President Barack Obama called Shirley Sherrod at about 12:35 p.m. and they spoke for 7 minutes. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the White House operator unsuccessfully tried to reach her twice last night but was unable to leave a voicemail.

POTUS offered his regrets, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had been sincere in his apology yesterday, and hoped that she would see "this misfortune" as an opportunity to continue her hard work on behalf of those in need. 

from Tales from the Trail:

Barack and David practice beer diplomacy

The White House was once again the setting for beer diplomacy.

This time to demonstrate the chumminess of the new British Prime Minister David Cameron and the not-so-new American President Barack Obama and reaffirm that "special relationship" enjoyed by the two allies. (The two leaders are also both left-handed, so plenty in common). BRITAIN-USA/

They discussed the benefits of cold beer versus warm ale and Cameron showed sporting enthusiasm for the "312" ale that Obama introduced him to.

from Tales from the Trail:

Don’t tell anyone, but Pelosi upset her criticism of Gibbs leaked

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's upset -- "ticked off" -- that her private criticism of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs leaked out. OBAMA/

That's the word from one of Pelosi's fellow Democrats who attended another closed-door meeting with her on Thursday, two days after her now well-publicized complaints about President Barack Obama's chief spokesman.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama seeks help, Clinton (Bill) to the rescue?

In the latest twist in the Obama-Clinton family drama, the current president has enlisted the past president to help shore up sagging confidence in his economic leadership and repair his tattered relationship with business.  OBAMA/

Barack Obama has asked Clinton to come to his meeting with business leaders today to discuss job creation and investment. That is a day after he also enlisted the help of long-time Clintonista Jack Lew to be his budget director after he presided over surpluses during Bill's tenure.

from Tales from the Trail:

Lew’s on deck to take over – but is it the OMB or the MLB?

After Spain's victory in the World Cup, LeBron James' move to the Miami Heat and his own golf outing on Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama clearly has sports on the brain.

USAAs he introduced Jacob Lew as his nominee to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, Obama sprinkled his remarks with allusions to sports.

from Tales from the Trail:

Presidential dreams are a walk in the park

What do presidents dream of when living at the White House?

For President Barack Obama it's the simple things in life that he misses. OBAMA/

"Taking walks. There is a value to anonymity in terms of just being able to wander around, sit on a park bench, take your kids to get ice cream without having Secret Service and helicopters over you," Obama said in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 television.

"That part of this life I'll never get used to," he said.

"In fact, I remember when I first visited Jerusalem, I could wander through the Old City and haggle for some gifts to bring back to Michelle, or stand at the Wailing Wall, and people didn’t know who I was."

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