Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: Obama’s bad news Thursday

June 18, 2009

FINANCIAL REGULATION/President Barack Obama woke up Thursday to find two new polls — the NBC News/Wall Street Journal and CBS News/New York Times — showing growing public concerns over the high rate of government spending and ballooning federal deficits.

The First Draft: Obama recipe – take crisis-filled agenda, add one Iran

June 16, 2009

There is a new crisis on the agenda for President Barack Obama.

While trying to revitalize a nosediving economy, rebuild the collapsing auto industry, rein in North Korea’s unpredictable Kim Jong-il and overhaul the costly healthcare system, Obama now can ponder his response to an Iran reeling from a disputed election and the biggest street protests since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The First Draft: Healthcare, Take 1

June 15, 2009

USA/

It’s healthcare week at the White House — the first of what promises to be many.

The First Draft: Showdown in Virginia

June 10, 2009

No major events are on the calendar today in the Federal City, but on the other side of the Potomac River there’s plenty to chew over.

The First Draft: Safety day – cyber security and hurricane preparedness

May 29, 2009

Though North Korea and the the looming bankruptcy of General Motors are at the top of many minds in Washington, today President Barack Obama turns his public focus to cybersecurity and hurricane preparedness.

The First Draft: Navel gazers no more

May 20, 2009

USA/Republican Party chairman Michael Steele yesterday urged his fellow GOPers to stop “navel gazing” and go on the offensive against President Obama and his Democrats, and it appears they are getting right to it.

First Draft: Specter gives Obama anniversary gift

April 29, 2009

USA/

As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has a new reason to celebrate — the defection of a senior Republican to his Democratic party.

First Draft: Air Force One’s Big Apple photo op

April 28, 2009

USA-POLITICS/No matter what kind of day you’re having, it’s probably not as bad as the one Louis Caldera had yesterday. Caldera is director of the White House Military Office, and he approved what might well be one of the most criticized photo op choices of all time: a low-level flyover of Manhattan by a plane often used to transport the president as Air Force One.

First Draft: It’s Earth Day — The Green and the Red

April 22, 2009

President Barack Obama  heads to Iowa later today for an Earth Day tour of a former Maytag plant which has been reconfigured to produce wind energy equipment, lining up the “green jobs” that the Obama administration is pushing as part of the future for the American heartland.

First draft: Back home, back to the economy

April 9, 2009

Back from his first international tour, President Barack Obama jumps back into his FINANCIAL/MORTGAGESgovernment’s efforts to help the struggling American economy.