Tales from the Trail

New White House press secretary Carney sounds a few familiar notes

February 16, 2011

President Barack Obama’s new press secretary, Jay Carney, took a few phrases out of his predecessor’s playbook during his first stint at the White House podium.

Washington Extra – Early valentine

February 11, 2011

Even on television from thousands of miles away, the Egyptian revolution was breathtaking. A moment to mark in history.

Washington Extra – Line dance

February 3, 2011

Here’s something that Republicans might want to hear: the White House is promising that its budget will include serious deficit control.

Washington Extra – Job prospects

January 28, 2011

The U.S. economy grew 2.9 percent in 2010, the biggest GDP gain since 2005, but still too weak to make a big dent in the unemployment rate which ended the year at 9.4 percent.

Guess who’s not coming to dinner with Hu

January 18, 2011

Usually politicians flock to a high-profile event like moths to a flame.

But we’re learning that isn’t quite the style of the new Speaker of the House.

Washington Extra – hello goodbye

January 5, 2011

She says goodbye and he says hello.

The House Speaker’s (HUGE) gavel changed hands today, symbolizing the transfer of power to Republicans. Outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi, attacked by Republicans as a symbol of Democratic excesses, took the high road as she repeatedly congratulated new House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican majority.

One less New Year’s resolution for Obama

December 27, 2010

President Barack Obama can cross at least one New Year’s resolution off his list … quitting smoking.

Gibbs puts foot down (literally) for “the White House Eight” in India

November 8, 2010

RTXUDCZ_CompWhite House press secretary Robert Gibbs has had his share of confrontations with reporters. But on Monday, it was Gibbs who came to their defense when Indian officials tried to limit access to a meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Gibbs is now predicting Dems will hold both chambers of Congress

October 17, 2010

White House press secretary Roberts Gibbs isn’t offering any more words of possible doom and gloom for fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill. 

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/