Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – summer reading

August 20, 2010

While President Barack Obama went book shopping on Martha’s Vineyard and bought a novel about a family from the Midwest –“Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen — Vice President Joe Biden was out in the Midwest talking the talk in St. Louis. OBAMA/

Washington Extra

July 21, 2010

It was two years in the making, runs to 2,300 pages, took three Republicans to pass it, and 11 pens to sign it into law. President Barack Obama put the seal on a drastic overhaul of the rules governing Wall Street and the banking industry today, using a separate pen for each letter of his name. FINANCIAL-REGULATION/OBAMA

“Blumenthal mistake” – the birth of a catchphrase?

May 26, 2010

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Joe Biden may have coined a new one.

Will ”Blumenthal mistake” – to claim service in the Vietnam War, while having served stateside in the National Guard – end up in some future dictionary of American political slang?

Biden’s F-bomb lesson: microphones are mighty sensitive

April 22, 2010

What were the lessons learned for Vice President Joe Biden on dropping the F-bomb on national television?

Healthcare bill signing: exuberance, exclamations, expletives

March 23, 2010

With all the giddiness over the signing of the hard-fought healthcare reform bill into law, Vice President Joe Biden might be forgiven for dropping the F-bomb in the ear of the President of the United States … on open mike.

Bill Clinton to headline Gridiron Club dinner, Obama away

March 9, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton will be the main speaker at the March 20 Gridiron Club dinner where journalists wear costumes and perform musical skits in a roast of the movers and shakers in Washington, and political leaders respond with speeches that poke fun right back. USA/

Beyond the talk show fireworks, Cheney supported some Obama decisions

February 15, 2010

Former Vice President Dick Cheney swapped barbs with Vice President Joe Biden on the morning talk shows Sunday.

Democrats can’t escape questions about Sarah Palin

February 11, 2010

Democrats can’t go anywhere these days without being asked about Sarah Palin, and some of them are not overwhelmed.

State-of-the-Union Bingo!

January 26, 2010

LEISURE PLAYBOY JAZZYes, of course, President Obama’s State of the Union address is a serious occasion, full of solemn portents for the nation and the world. But even Washington wonks have to have a little fun. Strangely enough, they’re likely to have fun this year by playing SOTU bingo.

Laughter, emotion and presidents at funeral of Biden’s mother

January 12, 2010

When it comes to showing support, bringing an entourage of people on a huge famous plane to the funeral of your friend’s mother says a lot. USA/