Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – It’s genetic

January 6, 2011

Forget about the branch. President Barack Obama offered the whole olive tree to the business community today with the appointment of JP Morgan Chase executive William Daley as White House Chief of Staff.

Bachmann for president? Tea Party darling blames media

January 6, 2011

RTXQELN_Comp-150x150Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, champion-in-chief of the House Tea Party caucus, blames the media for all the recent chatter about her status as a potential presidential candidate.

Washington Extra – New Year state of mind

January 4, 2011

New Year often means out with the old and in with the new.

On Capitol Hill, the new 112th Congress will start its 2-year run that will end after the 2012 presidential election. (For numerologists — that’s an awful lot of 2s).

Regrets? Madam Speaker has none

January 4, 2011

Nancy Pelosi spent her final full day as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives saying she had “no regrets.”

Does Obama have hidden talents? New Year’s Eve may bring ‘em to light

January 1, 2011

Barack Obama may have some talents that the rest of the world doesn’t know about but only a few friends and family members are going to see them.

Obama up, Palin down in 2012 poll

December 28, 2010

President Barack Obama’s reelection prospects seem to be rosier, while former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s chances of being the Republican nominee were souring for 2012, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. But it’s early yet.

Obama, to beat damp Hawaiian weather, takes the kids bowling

December 28, 2010

President Barack Obama on Monday sought the time honored refuge of any parent dealing with damp vacation weather. Clad in shorts and flip-flops, he took the kids bowling and then bribed them with shave ice.obama_vacation

One less New Year’s resolution for Obama

December 27, 2010

President Barack Obama can cross at least one New Year’s resolution off his list … quitting smoking.

Obama, facing resurgent Republicans, reaches for Reagan bio

December 24, 2010

President Barack Obama, facing a divided Congress when he returns to Washington from vacation in early January, has invoked Republican hero Ronald Reagan during his own presidency to muster bipartisan support.

Washington Extra – Obama has left the building

December 22, 2010

obama1A very non-lame Lame Duck is just about done and President Barack Obama is off to his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. Aloha, Mr. President, and congratulations on December. Let’s take a moment to recap.