Tales from the Trail

Gibbs skillfully dances around Rahm question

September 30, 2010

The performance was worthy of “Dancing with the Stars.”

USA/Watching White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs waltz around the question  of whether White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had decided to leave and run for mayor of Chicago was quite breathtaking.

from Summit Notebook:

Lady Gaga may not be the only one singing a new tune in November

September 23, 2010

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The 2010 Reuters Washington Summit included 4 days of on-the-record interviews with policymakers, congressmen and Obama Administration officials here in the DC bureau. The interviews covered a wide range of topics…from the impact of the mid-term elections to the importance of the Lady Gaga vote.

Washington Extra – The finer things in life

September 22, 2010

lamarIf I come back in my next life as an American, I am thinking that a career in the Senate might be a better way to go than in the administration or the military. Whatever you think of their political views, the senators who have visited our offices for the Washington Summit this week have not just been charming and interesting to talk to, they also seem to have time for the finer things in life. Take Senator Lamar Alexander, who not only has the time to watch Tennessee football pretty regularly, but also likes to play classical piano and has a date on center stage with the Jackson Symphony at the end of next month. “I try to keep a balanced life,” he said.

from Summit Notebook:

How do White House staff know when it’s time to leave?

September 20, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/GIBBSIt's an age old question that even applies to senior staff working in the White House: At what point do you decide it's time to quit your job and move on?

Washington Extra – Gridlock and the fiscal deficit

September 21, 2010

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The term gridlock may have first entered the vocabulary during the 1980 New York transit strike, reportedly coined by “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz, chief traffic engineer in the city’s transport department.  In those days it was definitely not something to aspire to. It is a different story in 2010.

Cleveland was no accident, Gibbs confirms

September 7, 2010

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed what had been suspected.

USA/OBAMAThere was a reason for choosing Cleveland as the venue for President Barack Obama’s economy speech on Wednesday and his name is John Boehner — the man who would likely be House Speaker if Republicans oust the Democrats from control on Nov. 2.

White House spokesman’s “professional left” comment bites back

August 10, 2010

If the White House was trying to fire up its liberal base ahead of the Nov. 2 elections, this was probably not the way to go about it.

Rrrrrrring, it’s the President calling…

July 22, 2010

They talked. 

President Barack Obama called Shirley Sherrod at about 12:35 p.m. and they spoke for 7 minutes. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the White House operator unsuccessfully tried to reach her twice last night but was unable to leave a voicemail.

Don’t tell anyone, but Pelosi upset her criticism of Gibbs leaked

July 15, 2010

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear she’s upset — “ticked off” — that her private criticism of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs leaked out. OBAMA/

White House spokesman smells a rat in the Rose Garden

May 21, 2010

OBAMA/A furry little creature has been showing up at White House Rose Garden events recently about as often as a particularly persistent reporter. But this week it went too far, by running across the base of Barack Obama’s podium while the U.S. president was speaking about  financial regulatory reform on Thursday.