Tales from the Trail

What’s it like to be the most powerful woman in the world? Michelle knows

October 7, 2010

Michelle Obama is the most powerful woman in the world. So says Forbes magazine.

Does it mean she can leap tall buildings in a single bound? We’re not sure. But she did jump over women with a decade more experience (an assumption based on age) in the top 5 — Kraft Foods Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld, talk show host Oprah Winfrey,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. OBAMA/

Obamas seek shrimp as rain lets up on Martha’s Vineyard

August 25, 2010

The First Family took advantage of a break in the rainy weather on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday to escape their holiday farm and make their first public foray together.

Admission by worried little girl may boost immigration reform

May 20, 2010

The admission by a worried little girl to first lady Michelle Obama humanized and provided a need lift to stalled efforts to fix the United States’ “broken immigration system.”

Second-grader puts Michelle Obama on the spot

May 20, 2010

As her husband made his case for sweeping immigration reform in the White House Rose Garden, first lady Michelle Obama got a first-hand peek at the human face of the debate as she visited an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland, with Mexico’s first lady Margarita Zavala.

A Date weekend for Michelle and Barack Obama

April 23, 2010

Barack and Michelle Obama left the kids in Washington and escaped to Asheville, North Carolina, for a quiet weekend at the grand old Grove Park Inn.

White House becomes playground for annual Easter Egg Roll

April 5, 2010

Never mind nuclear arms treaties, unemployment figures, or healthcare debates. The big news at the White House on Monday was the Easter Egg Roll.

Honored, humbled and a bit embarrassed, first lady consigns her gown to history

March 9, 2010


Michelle Obama acknowledged having mixed feelings Tuesday as she consigned her 2009 Inaugural Ball gown to posterity and a glass case at the Smithsonian.

What does Michelle Obama think of Sarah Palin? We may never find out…

February 10, 2010

It’s pretty clear what defeated Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin thinks of President Barack Obama, but did you ever wonder what first lady Michelle Obama thinks of Palin?

Obama Christmas Day sighting: handshakes and greetings to military families

December 26, 2009

“Hey everybody, Merry Christmas.”

That was how President Barack Obama greeted military families in the NCO Mess at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day. OBAMA/