Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: healthcare march

July 21, 2009

President Barack Obama keeps up the march on healthcare, although today’s headlines are turning a bit pessimistic.

The First Draft: A bumpy Mideast landing

June 3, 2009

OBAMA/SAUDI ARABIAWithin minutes of President Barack Obama’s arrival in Saudi Arabia today, a recording by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was played on Al Jazeera television. U.S. television networks showed Air Force One landing in Riyadh and the first images of Obama greeting Saudi King Abdullah, the audio recording from bin Laden took aim. The militant leader accused the Obama administration of “planting seeds for hatred and revenge.”

First Draft: White House “victory garden”

March 20, 2009

USA/Spring blew into Washington this morning and the signs are everywhere: the cherry blossoms are starting to come out, magnolia trees are budding and at the White House, workers are digging up the lawn.

The First Draft: From education to Bernanke to borders

March 10, 2009

Topic of the day for the White House: education. OBAMA/

President Barack Obama is unveiling his plans to reform the U.S. education system, which has one of the worst high school dropout rates in the industrialized world.

Fed staff in trouble, but cited for raise, too

February 25, 2009

USA/It’s not just U.S. stocks that are on a roller coaster ride in reaction to congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top officials.

Fed Chair: No Night of Living Dead Banks

February 25, 2009

They won’t stay dead!


Members of the U.S. Senate grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday on whether the next gruesome episode in the U.S. economic horror show could include an appearance of “zombie” banks. 

Bush looks forward to being a quiet sports spectator again

December 11, 2008

WASHINGTON – In between packing up to move back to Texas and trying to save the U.S. automotive industry, President George W. Bush squeezed in 40 minutes to talk extensively about one of his greatest loves — sports.