Tales from the Trail

Rahm’s White House going away present – dead fish wrapped in newspaper

October 1, 2010

What do you get a guy who’s leaving the White House to run for Mayor of Chicago?

from Summit Notebook:

Lady Gaga may not be the only one singing a new tune in November

September 23, 2010

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The 2010 Reuters Washington Summit included 4 days of on-the-record interviews with policymakers, congressmen and Obama Administration officials here in the DC bureau. The interviews covered a wide range of topics…from the impact of the mid-term elections to the importance of the Lady Gaga vote.

from Summit Notebook:

No time for fun for White House officials

September 22, 2010

WASHINGTON-SUMMIT/While senators like Lamar Alexander have time to play classical piano with the symphony or attend sporting events, some people in Washington don't have as much time for fun or relaxation.

Washington Extra – The finer things in life

September 22, 2010

lamarIf I come back in my next life as an American, I am thinking that a career in the Senate might be a better way to go than in the administration or the military. Whatever you think of their political views, the senators who have visited our offices for the Washington Summit this week have not just been charming and interesting to talk to, they also seem to have time for the finer things in life. Take Senator Lamar Alexander, who not only has the time to watch Tennessee football pretty regularly, but also likes to play classical piano and has a date on center stage with the Jackson Symphony at the end of next month. “I try to keep a balanced life,” he said.

Obama to push message on economy, hold news conference

September 2, 2010

Washington pundits questioned President Barack Obama’s decision to devote so much time this week to foreign policy with his Iraq speech on Tuesday and his foray on Wednesday into Middle East peacemaking at a time when Americans are preoccupied with the economy.

White House adviser nods to bubble risk in China

December 1, 2009

He was probably only trying to be funny. But White House economist Austan Goolsbee touched a raw nerve by inferring Chinese investors currently exhibit the same kind of bubble mentality that Americans displayed prior to the collapse of the U.S. technology stock bubble in 2000.stocks

Goolsbee: economist by day, comedian by night

October 1, 2009

USA-POLITICS/OBAMAFunny guy emerges from the dismal science.

Austan Goolsbee, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, proved last night that economists can dish as good as they get.

First Draft: toxic central

March 23, 2009

It’s all about toxic assets today.

The Obama administration has come up with a plan to deal with those loans that are so underwater you need a deep-sea diving outfit to find them (kind of like my NCAA bracket, but that’s another sad story).