Tales from the Trail

Ridge says he was pushed to raise terror alert before election

August 21, 2009

The nation’s first Homeland Security secretary is airing some dirty laundry from the Bush administration: He says he was pushed to raise the terror alert level on the eve of the 2004 presidential election.

The First Draft: Will Cheney spill the beans about Bush?

August 13, 2009

USA-SECURITY/CHENEYHow would you spend the dog days of summer, if you were a former vice president? If you were Dick Cheney, you would be ensconced in your new office above the garage in McLean, Virginia (just down the road from the CIA!), writing your memoir of the administration of George W. Bush. But would you tell all?

Obama official takes shots at Bush’s words

August 6, 2009

President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser on Thursday offered a pointed critique of several of former President George W. Bush’s catch phrases on terrorism.

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Baseball brings ‘em together: all 5 U.S. presidents

July 7, 2009

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It's one thing they can agree on... baseball. 

Major League Baseball is bringing all five living U.S. presidents together at next week's 80th All-Star Game.

Obama’s ties with Saudi Arabia? Solid gold

June 3, 2009

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - If you worried U.S. President Barack Obama might not handle diplomacy with the energy-rich Saudi rulers as deftly as Texas oilman George W. Bush, fear no longer.
 
No sooner had Obama landed in Riyadh for a day of meetings with King Abdullah than he was OBAMA/SAUDI ARABIAsporting a big gold medal around his neck — the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit.
 
It’s the country’s highest honor — named for the founder of the modern Saudi state.
 
Bush, too, was awarded one on his first visit to the kingdom. It just took the former president seven years — till January 2008 — to visit Saudi Arabia.
 
Obama managed to get his in under five months, at only his second meeting with the king.
 
During the first meeting — in London — the U.S. leader famously greeted the Saudi monarch with something that looked suspiciously like a bow but was hard to tell exactly because a guy was standing in the way.
 
Protocol-wise, heads of state do not generally bow by way of greeting. But then Michelle Obama was busy patting Queen Elizabeth on the back, so protocol was kind of out the window anyway.
 
There were other signs on Wednesday that the U.S. and Saudi leaders were getting along well.
 
The White House says Obama has been consulting with Abdullah regularly by phone about the speech to the Islamic world that he will give from Cairo on Thursday.
 
Their meeting at King Abdullah’s sprawling farm outside Riyadh was scheduled to go for about two hours. Instead it lasted about three.
 
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Obama already getting gray hair

March 5, 2009

OBAMA/ECONOMYWell, that didn’t take long. President Barack Obama is already showing signs that the White House is aging him six weeks after he took office. He is getting gray around the temples.

What’s the difference between Obama and Bush?

March 1, 2009

If you want to know if there’s a difference between working for President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, ask the man who’s worked for both: Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Gates faced that question on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Everything old is new again

February 27, 2009

Some things never change. Take, for instance, the fact that a president does not make decisions based upon the polls.

Meanwhile, in Dallas…

February 27, 2009

WASHINGTON – George W. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving the White House on Jan. 20 and moving back to Texas, but we’re starting to hear some bits and pieces of what he has been up to.

Obama’s Iraq speech draws lukewarm response from Marines

February 27, 2009

CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina – So much for those adoring crowds.

President Barack Obama, who is used to screaming masses and loud applause from his 2008 campaign events, got a more tepid response on Friday from a hall of Marines and sailors who listened to his announcement on pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. USA-OBAMA/