Tales from the Trail

First lady likes Obama’s voice; rates Romney singing ‘beautiful’

February 1, 2012

Michelle Obama might have been one of the few people in the United States who knew President Barack Obama could actually carry a tune before he surprised an Apollo Theater audience this month.

Obama tells high-tech worker: Send me your resume

January 31, 2012

By Samson Reiny

President Barack Obama, whose chances for re-election may rest on his ability to show U.S. voters he is doing all he can to reduce unemployment, offered on Monday to personally pass along the resume of an unemployed engineer to potential employers.

Obama’s State of the Union in a word cloud

January 25, 2012

Obama uttered the words “tax” or “taxes” 34 times as he called for higher taxes on the rich, echoing a recent partisan theme of Democrats accusing Republicans in Congress of favoring tax breaks that favor the wealthy.

Americans’ expectations low ahead of Obama’s State of the Union

January 24, 2012

U.S. voters are looking to President Barack Obama to talk about jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address tonight, but doubt his ability to follow through on his proposals, two recent polls showed.

Presidential candidates take on Castro in Florida

January 24, 2012

Republican White House contenders took the race to win their party’s nomination to Florida this week, where they tried to outdo each other on topics important to Floridians–including what to do about Cuba, the small, Communist, Spanish-speaking island that has long frustrated U.S. foreign policy.

Washington Extra – Home alone

January 20, 2012

When it comes to fixing the housing market in this election year, it’s a battle between the “ineffective” and the “do-nothing.”

Inside the Obama fundraising machine: leadership circles

By Reuters Staff
January 15, 2012

By Eric Johnson

CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and its key supporters are looking to grow on a national scale a fundraising concept that was successful in its Democratic stronghold of Chicago, sources familiar with the program said on Saturday.

Huntsman wouldn’t be the only U.S. president to speak Chinese

January 9, 2012


Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman’s language skills have been in the spotlight since Saturday, when he said during a presidential candidates’ debate that his rival Mitt Romney does not understand U.S. relations with China — underscoring his point by saying so in Mandarin.

Mitt Romney says Obama breaks vows, just like Kim Kardashian

January 3, 2012

President Barack Obama and reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian have something in common, according to Mitt Romney – they don’t know how to keep a promise.

Romney unveils happy ad for TV, goes negative on the web

December 29, 2011

Mitt Romney’s campaign is out with a new, upbeat television ad in Iowa extolling “the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity.” The video weaves together farm imagery and a soaring voice-over by Romney, who says that “the principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader in the world have not lost their meaning”: