Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Fed speak

March 24, 2011

Has hell frozen over? Are pigs flying? Is the sun rising in the West?

Don’t rub your eyes, it’s real. The Federal Reserve chairman, that oracle of monetary policy, will hold FOUR news conferences a year. AUSTRALIA

Washington Extra – Back pat

February 15, 2011

President Barack Obama wasn’t shy about praising his handling of the revolution in Egypt.

Washington Extra – Game on

February 4, 2011

Think legacy. That’s what President Barack Obama advised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Washington Extra – Chastened, humbled… and shellacked

November 3, 2010

It was a subdued and chastened president who took the podium for his post-election news conference today. His tone flat, his eyes often downcast, his smile largely absent, Obama admitted the election results were “humbling.” At first, he tried to pin the blame on the tepid economic recovery, but as the questions ground on, he took more and more responsibility for the defeat on himself. For setting a bad tone with business, for not making enough progress on the economy, for failing to change the way Washington works.

Contrite Obama shows personal side

November 3, 2010

It wasn’t quite a Bill Clinton-style “I feel your pain” moment, but for President Barack Obama it was about as emotional as he ever gets in public.

Obama ready for battle with Republicans but wants no war with Islam

September 10, 2010

President Barack Obama may be ready for battle with Republicans over the economy, but he made clear Friday there was one conflict he didn’t want — a war with Islam.

Question raised by Obama-Calderon presser: Was that it?

May 19, 2010

It was definitely not a press conference and it was barely a Q-and-A.

For a White House that is more agile than any predecessor in new media –Twitter, blogs, video — it seems to be getting a bit out of practice with the traditional question-answer format with real, live reporters.

Obama, a news junkie?

February 10, 2010

Lots of American presidents liked to pretend they didn’t dwell on the news — too busy attacking big problems for such a trifling. But then they would reveal themselves as news junkies (See 1992 presidential campaign and George H.W. Bush’s slogan: Annoy the Media — Re-Elect Bush).