Tales from the Trail

Obama’s 2010 budget: A book with a villain?

February 26, 2009

Any good book needs a villain, and President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget was quick to try to identify one.
 
It was right on the title page above the words 2010 Budget: “A New Era of Responsibility.”
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Take that, George W. Bush.
 
“For too long our budget has not told the whole truth about how precious tax dollars are spent,” Obama said in remarks ahead of the release of his $3.55 trillion spending blueprint, which projected a huge $1.17 trillion deficit.
 
“Large sums have been left off the books, including the true cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that kind of dishonest accounting is not how you run your family budgets at home. It’s not how your government should run its budgets either,” he said.
 
A senior official at the White House budget office, speaking anonymously, jumped on the bandwagon.
 
“We’ve inherited a real mess, both fiscally — a trillion dollar deficit — as well as an economic issue, which is severe economic downturn,” the official said. “These are the result of a profound irresponsibility, misplaced priorities and mistaken policies.”OBAMA/BUDGET
 
Hostile fire rarely goes unanswered.
 
“Trying to mask huge spending increases under the cloak of ‘fiscal responsibility’ is the height of audacity,” said Tony Fratto, Bush’s former White House spokesman specializing on economic issues.
 
“Our budgets were honest, open and transparent. Every dime spent was presented, debated, voted on and counted.”
 
“Putting temporary war spending in supplemental budgets was done to avoid permanently baking those appropriations into the Defense Department’s baseline budget,” Fratto added.

Report: Cheney disagreed with Bush over Libby

February 17, 2009

OBAMA/So it has come to this: Dick Cheney is said to be angry at George W. Bush over Bush’s decision not to grant a pardon to Scooter Libby over the Valerie Plame affair.

Obama’s limo is bigger

February 5, 2009

There is no contest. President Barack Obama got a bigger limousine than former President George W. Bush. It even comes with a nickname that growls, “The Beast.”

Bush looking forward to new domestic agenda

January 21, 2009

Former President George W. Bush says he’s got a new domestic agenda — mowing the lawn and taking out the trash.

New White House spokesman unlocks press room door

January 20, 2009

Barack Obama’s press secretary unlocked the door to the White House press room Tuesday and was a bit surprised by how quickly reporters swarmed around him hungry for information.

Rhyming reverend gets last word at Obama inaugural

January 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – Rev. Joseph Lowery was back on stage with a president, but on Tuesday the civil-rights pioneer used his wry rhymes to welcome the U.S. leader, not skewer him as he did three years ago.  OBAMA

New president cheered, old one jeered

January 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – They came to cheer a new president. Some came to jeer the old one as well.

Facebook becomes posterboard for inaugural festivities

January 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – For those not among the throngs in the U.S. capital for the inaugural festivities for Barack Obama, many have turned to Facebook to describe how they were watching the ceremonies or their state of excitement about the new president.

Activists “shoe” Bush out the White House door

January 19, 2009

Critics of outgoing President George W. Bush turned a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House into a  rowdy street theater on the eve of his handover of power to Barack Obama.

Obama says Bush “a good guy”

January 17, 2009

BUSH/PHILADELPHIA – Barack Obama, who pilloried his soon-to-be predecessor’s policies during two years on the campaign trail, said Friday that George W. Bush is a good guy.