Tales from the Trail

Watching for glimpses of Obama on holiday

December 25, 2009

We know that President Barack Obama and wife Michelle went for an early Christmas morning gym workout at a Marine base near their Hawaiian holiday home in Kailua. But we didn’t actually see them.

Sasha and Malia Obama coy about Dad’s presents

December 22, 2009

Sasha and Malia Obama are keeping quiet about what they’ve got their father for Christmas, who has publicly complained that the rule in their household is that he gives the best gifts.

Which Obama will be Gift Giver-in-Chief?

December 11, 2009


First lady Michelle Obama’s favorite childhood Christmas present was a dollhouse, a gift that may have presaged her current role as  the nation’s tastemaker, admired and followed for her stylish clothing and the mark she is making on the White House.

No one like a wife to keep even a peace laureate honest

December 10, 2009


Cheering crowds greeted U.S. President Barack Obama in Norway as he received one of the world’s great honors but at least one person was there to ensure that the pomp and circumstance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize did not go to his head.

Christmas at the White House begins with arrival of THE tree

November 27, 2009

OBAMAWASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is over, President Barack Obama has pardoned one turkey (and eaten another), and now a giant Christmas tree has arrived at the White House.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Obama family hits the Turkey line

November 26, 2009

HandshakeThe First Family swooped in for a swift spot of volunteering Wednesday at Martha’s Table, about two miles from the White House, handing out turkeys and groceries to a fast-moving line of the local needy.

Obama walks in rain-soaked cemetery of U.S. war dead

November 11, 2009

President Barack Obama walked in the rain among the graves of U.S. casualties from the Iraq and Afghan wars at Arlington National Cemetery and took an unscheduled detour into section 60, a thicket of simple white headstones, to mark Veterans Day. OBAMA/

Obamas turn White House into Halloween central

October 31, 2009

The White House glowed pumpkin orange on Saturday when the Obama family turned 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue into Halloween central, complete with a giant stuffed spider dangling from a web above its front door.

The harvest is in at the White House

October 30, 2009


“Are you ready to work really hard?”

“Are you ready to get dirty?”

That was the rallying cry from first lady Michelle Obama Thursday as she invited local school children to help her pick crops from the White House garden.

Obama complains New York date night became political issue

October 29, 2009

President Barack Obama is letting it be known that he was not pleased with the way his trip to New York with wife Michelle last May became a political issue. USA/