Tales from the Trail

First Draft: black and gold

WASHINGTON – The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl so it’s a black-and-gold kind of day.

NBC aired more of its Sunday interview with President Barack Obama who says “nobody’s cooler than my two girls.”

He wouldn’t say outright whether the government was going to announce creation of a “bad bank” to scoop up sour assets from bank balance sheets, but the message was stay tuned.

Lots of action in the Senate today where debate starts on the stimulus package and on nomination of Eric Holder for attorney general. Former Senate colleague Tom Daschle, who had a bit of a tax issue, is expected to appear before the Senate Finance Committee about his nomination to be health secretary.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Obama will meet with Republican Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont to discuss the stimulus plan in the morning and then holds a meeting with congressional leaders in the afternoon.GROUNDHOG DAY/

First fan rooting for Steelers in Super Bowl

The newest sports fan at the White House isn’t afraid to pick sides in Sunday’s Super Bowl. And like many Americans, he’s having a few people over to watch the big game.

President Barack Obama says he’ll be rooting for the PIttsburgh Steelers to winNFL/, although he joked that Kurt Warner – the 37-year-old quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and a former Super Bowl MVP — was closer to his age than anybody else who’ll be playing on the field.

“I wish the best to the Cardinals. They’ve been long-suffering; it’s a great Cinderella story,” Obama said of the Cardinals, who peaked in the post-season and stunned many by making it to their first Super Bowl.