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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.

"If there was a Hall of Fame for budget directors, then Jack Lew surely would have earned a place for his service in that role under President Clinton, when he helped balance the federal budget after years of deficits," Obama said.

The White House touted  Lew's record as  OMB director under an earlier Democratic president, Bill Clinton, in announcing his nomination.

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."

from Tales from the Trail:

Happy 4th at the White House

U.S. july41Independence Day was an "all-service" holiday at the White House this year as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed about 1,200 people -- men and women from all of the branches of the U.S. military and family members.

"This is the day when we celebrate the very essence of America and the spirit that has defined us as a people and as a nation for more than two centuries," Obama said in a greeting from a White House balcony draped in red, white and blue bunting.
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Obama said was that he couldn't think of a better way to spend the Fourth of July than with men and women in uniform. But he said he was glad to see most weren't in uniform, given the stifling heat. But he pointed to one service member on the balcony who was decked out in a black suit because his grandmother insisted he dress up.
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Obama gave a shout-out to an individual member of each branch of the services, including a soldier who did 150 missions in Iraq after being seriously wounded. The U.S. Marine Band provided the music (patriotic favorites, according to the White House pool report).

from Tales from the Trail:

White House to Kremlin: how r u? OMG…

President Barack Obama suggested to visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that it might be time to toss out the red phone from Cold War days and open new lines of communication between the United States and Russia -- Twitter.

(Although Obama may want to get the terminology down first, it's Twitter not Twitters). USA-RUSSIA/

from Tales from the Trail:

General headed to the woodshed, will he get the axe?

The sound of palms slapping foreheads could be heard all over Washington, the physical exclamation of "what were they thinking?"

The spectacularly frank quotes from General Stanley McChrystal and his aides mocking Vice President Joe Biden and other top advisers to the president and commander-in-chief were jaw-dropping, not because that's what they really thought, but because the views were uttered to a reporter working on a profile for Rolling Stone magazine. USA/AFGHANISTAN

from Tales from the Trail:

Is time off allowed during a mammoth oil spill crisis? Depends…

BP CEO Tony Hayward takes time off to watch his yacht race in British waters, President Barack Obama goes golfing over the Father's Day weekend. OIL-SPILL/

Is that acceptable when the BP oil spill, the worst in U.S. history and a huge environmental disaster, is entering a third month in the Gulf of Mexico?

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama’s oil oratory — Katrina, drill baby drill, boom and shave

President Barack Obama, in his first formal press conference  in almost a year (since July), answered questions about his handling of the oil spill.

There was the one about Katrina comparisons. (Slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina turned into an albatross for former President George W. Bush). OIL-LEAK/OBAMA

from Tales from the Trail:

Republicans still looking for answers about Sestak

Republicans want answers -- and a little political mileage. The White House wants the whole thing to go away. And until somebody starts talking, neither side is going to get what they want.

On Wednesday, Republicans renewed their daily demand that Representative Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, and White House officials come clean about what Sestak said was a White House offer of a job if he dropped his primary challenge against Senator Arlen Specter. USA-POLITICS/

from Tales from the Trail:

Another poll comes out in favor of gays in the military

As Congress mulls "don't ask, don't tell," a new poll finds support for repealing it.

A CNN poll showed that 78 percent, or nearly 8 in 10 Americans believe people who are openly gay should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. MILITARY-GAYS/

from Tales from the Trail:

No magic solution for oil spill, elbowing BP won’t do any good

The message from the White House podium today was loud and clear -- there is no magic fix for the oil spill that looks like curdled chocolate milk flowing on top of the Gulf of Mexico. And there isn't much that anyone can do that BP isn't doing.

OIL-RIG/LEAKCan government push BP out of the way if it believes the company is not doing the job?

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