Tales from the Trail

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Is Michelle Obama strumming along with Gibson Guitar?

October 13, 2011

It's not often that a U.S. first lady's gift makes news -- years after the fact -- but Michelle Obama's 2009 present to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has sparked some comment among free trade boosters and guitar pickers. The gift in question: a Gibson Hummingbird guitar.

Safari time in Africa for first lady, family

June 25, 2011

After nearly a week of public diplomacy and outreach in Africa, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her family went on safari on Saturday and had an encounter with an elephant.

Washington Extra – Women of power

March 8, 2011

Were the cosmic pranksters having a laugh when the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day happened to fall on the same date as Fat Tuesday?

Washington Extra – Royal news

February 17, 2011

bahraintowerCalling Bahrain.

As is increasingly the case, the United States is finding that talking pro-democracy is one thing. Dealing with the aftermath of uprisings another.

Charlotte’s web catches Democratic convention

February 1, 2011

It’s Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic national political convention.

Democrats picked the banking center and Republicans chose Tampa, Florida, for their convention — highlighting the importance of the South to winning the White House next year. ROUTE-RECOVERY/

Obamas volunteer at school to celebrate King holiday

January 17, 2011

President Barack Obama volunteered at a local school on Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Day holiday, testing his talents as a painter while emphasizing the importance of community service in America.

Obama spared bedroom banishment by signing hungry kids law

December 13, 2010

President Barack Obama escaped banishment from the marital bedroom by signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on Monday, and delivering on an issue that his wife has fought hard to advance.

Recycled newspapers, “Bo-Zilla” deck the White House halls

December 1, 2010

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The White House sometimes may not know what to do with reporters’ questions, but it appears to have made good use of their work this holiday season - using old magazines and newspapers to help deck the halls. The recycled publications were used to make sparkling golden wreaths and trees adorning the “Green Room,” which is decorated with the theme of recycling and reusing ordinary materials.

Political Surrogate Smackdown!

October 19, 2010

USA/You can tell it’s autumn in Washington: the leaves are changing color, Congress has flown away and the political surrogates are in full cry. For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, the full cry of the surrogate can often be heard from coast to coast — or at least from Broadway to Reno, Nevada.

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.