Tales from the Trail

Obama misses walks, not leaving home without shaving

January 28, 2011

President Obama is staying neutral on the Super Bowl, dislikes the “bubble” of being president, and enjoyed (go figure) political science in college.

Washington Extra – Red light, green light

January 27, 2011

The White House seems to be in go-slow amber mode over the protests in Egypt – declaring President Hosni Mubarak an ally, but supporting free speech as the American way.

Washington Extra – Say cheese

January 26, 2011

Civility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and last night it meant watching lawmakers smile with their teeth but not their eyes.

Salmon ‘chanted evening?

January 26, 2011

SALMONThe one word that leaped out of President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress wasn’t “optimism,” “business,” “teachers,” “economy” or “budget.”

from Ask...:

How would you grade Obama’s State of the Union speech?

By Reuters Staff
January 26, 2011

OBAMA-SPEECHPresident Barack Obama proposed a five-year freeze on some government spending and struck a centrist tone in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, hoping to prove he has fiscal discipline and can work with resurgent Republicans.

Obama’s SOTU speech as a word cloud

January 26, 2011

Below is a word cloud generated from President Barack Obama’s prepared State of the Union speech:
obamanewcloud

As Obama speaks, Democrats target GOP’s Ryan

January 25, 2011

RTXCDYH_Comp-150x150President Barack Obama may grab all the headlines with his State of the Union address. But Democrats want the GOP’s chosen responder, Paul Ryan, to share the spotlight — as poster boy for politically unpopular ideas that could be used against Republicans in 2012.

Washington Extra – Laundry list

January 24, 2011

The White House is promising that tomorrow’s State of the Union address will be something different.

Washington Extra – Light bulb

January 21, 2011

There is something oddly poetic about choosing a light bulb maker to head a team searching for economic ideas.

Obama approval ratings on the rise

January 21, 2011

Forget November’s election “shellacking,” at least for now. Things are looking up for President Barack Obama.