Tales from the Trail

If middle class prospers, we all prosper: Obama in Olympics ad

By Eric Johnson
July 27, 2012

A new national television advertisement released by President Obama’s campaign and slated to air during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games features the Democratic incumbent delivering an impassioned stump speech in which he ties national prosperity to the success of the middle class.

Business comments taken out of context, Obama says in new ad

By Eric Johnson
July 24, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign released a new television advertisement on Tuesday pushing back against a wave of attacks that followed remarks the Democratic incumbent made that Republicans deemed anti-business.

Romney hits Obama’s economic vision in Democrat’s hometown

By Eric Johnson
June 15, 2012

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney told supporters at a swanky fundraiser in President Barack Obama’s hometown on Thursday evening that under his administration they would see an “extraordinary resurgence of America’s economy” because of the former private equity executive’s economic prescription of less taxation, regulation, and government meddling.

Obama campaign TV spot hits Romney as governor

By Eric Johnson
June 5, 2012

As President Barack Obama and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney hit up big-money donors on both coasts on Monday, their respective allies waged a public relations blitz to deride each other’s message.

Washington Extra – Tactical, not terminal

March 23, 2012

The predominant media narrative was pretty straightforward:  U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians, the Taliban respond by suspending participation in U.S.-sponsored Afghan peace talks. Game over.

No doubts as to Obama’s Irish Ancestry now

March 21, 2012

By Samson Reiny
Playing with one of the more enduring controversies of his administration, President Obama joked on Tuesday that he had the perfect place for a gift confirming his Irish heritage: right next to his much ballyhooed birth certificate.

Washington Extra – Gasoline alley

February 24, 2012

President Obama may have his facts right on what’s behind higher gasoline prices and he might be correct in saying that the causes are largely beyond his control. But even his strong arguments won’t stand a chance with Americans if a gallon of gas heads up to $5 in coming months.

Washington Extra – Tax time

February 23, 2012

If President Obama did indeed schedule the release of his corporate tax revamp Wednesday to steal the spotlight from Mitt Romney’s tax plan rollout – as some critics charge – it just might have worked. The Obama plan was the top story of the day.

Obama sings again, this time blues with B.B. King, Mick Jagger

February 22, 2012

President Barack Obama gave what appeared to be an impromptu performance of “Sweet Home Chicago” during a blues concert Tuesday night at the White House in celebration of Black History Month.

Washington Extra – Proposals to nowhere

February 2, 2012

A line kept cropping up in our stories from Washington today, something along the lines of “unlikely to be passed in Congress.”