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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.

"She said these meetings should be an opportunity for us to speak candidly with each other," said the Democrat, asking not to be identified by name. "She was ticked off it leaked out."

At a meeting of House Democrats on Tuesday, Pelosi ripped into Gibbs for saying Democrats may lose control of the chamber to Republicans in the November election. "There's no doubt about that," Gibbs told NBC on Sunday.

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."

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/

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