Tales from the Trail

Back at home, President Obama, family attend wedding

By Eric Johnson
June 17, 2012

President Barack Obama got a brief respite from the euro zone debt crisis and an intensifying general election campaign on Saturday while attending the wedding of a top aide’s daughter with his family in his hometown.

Romney hits Obama’s economic vision in Democrat’s hometown

By Eric Johnson
June 15, 2012

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney told supporters at a swanky fundraiser in President Barack Obama’s hometown on Thursday evening that under his administration they would see an “extraordinary resurgence of America’s economy” because of the former private equity executive’s economic prescription of less taxation, regulation, and government meddling.

Michelle Obama joins stump on behalf of Democratic hopefuls

October 14, 2010

michelle_2010First Lady Michelle Obama shook off the rust and hit the campaign trail – at least the campaign fundraising circuit – ahead of the November midterm elections.

Chicago River is plenty clean, Mayor Daley says

June 2, 2010

Chicago river photo2Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Upset that the federal government instructed Chicago to clean up its namesake river to make the water swimmable, Mayor Richard Daley suggested Washington attend to the Potomac River and leave him alone.

Washington blizzard finally gets respect from ‘flinty’ Obama

February 5, 2010

President Barack Obama, who famously chided Washington for not being “flinty” enough in dealing with snow compared with his hometown Chicago, isn’t scoffing any more as a winter storm threatens to dump up to 30 inches on the U.S. capital this weekend.

Want to be Obama’s neighbor? House in Chicago for sale

October 26, 2009

obama-familyCHICAGO – Be President Barack Obama’s neighbor for a cool $1.85 million. 

Obama Olympics Ouch!

October 2, 2009

So. What happened?

President Barack Obama dashed overnight to Copenhagen, waved the flag, praised everyone in sight, and came home with Nothing, Nada, Naught, Zero, Zip, Zilch (couldn’t find the Danish word or would have thrown that in too).

The First Draft: Sex scandal and the Olympics

October 2, 2009

They’re not linked, but the stories that topped the news shows this morning had to do with sex and with the Olympics.

The First Draft: Iran …and the Olympics

October 1, 2009

When President Barack Obama was running for president, he was heavily criticized by his rivals — including his current secretary of state, Hillary Clinton — for saying he would be willing to sit down with the leaders of countries like Iran.NUCLEAR-IRAN/

The First Draft: Obama’s next diplomatic challenge: Olympics victory

September 28, 2009

If you think President Barack Obama has it tough negotiating with the G20 over the global economy and Iran over its nuclear program, take a look at his next international diplomatic challenge: