Tales from the Trail

Market drop reveals secret of White House podium: it doesn’t do real-time news

May 6, 2010

The stock market was dropping quickly, down more than 900 points for a bit, and market reports were citing Greece’s financial troubles. The White House briefing was in full swing.

Obama calls New York street vendor-turned-hero

May 3, 2010





President Barack Obama on Monday called the street vendor who may have saved the day in New York when he alerted police to a smoking vehicle. Times Square was evacuated when a failed bomb was found in the Nissan sport utility vehicle. 

U.S. Ash Quest: Help 40,000 Americans cross the pond

April 19, 2010

Stranded in England…

(We could think of worse places to be stuck than the land of fish-and-chips and Shakespeare).

Latest Washington technique? Bipartisanship by sniping?

April 14, 2010

If bipartisanship is what they’re after … they’ve got a funny way of showing it.

Is McCain taking his toys and going home?

March 24, 2010


Is Republican Senator John McCain bringing playground  logic to Washington’s bitter partisan divide?

Healthcare bill signing: exuberance, exclamations, expletives

March 23, 2010

With all the giddiness over the signing of the hard-fought healthcare reform bill into law, Vice President Joe Biden might be forgiven for dropping the F-bomb in the ear of the President of the United States … on open mike.

The White House Rose Garden strategy

March 18, 2010

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs succumbed to spring fever and held his daily news briefing out in the sun-splashed Rose Garden today.

Gibbs sports Canadian hockey jersey for briefing

March 12, 2010

Joking that a new “casual Friday” dress code had been instituted in the West Wing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs showed up at the podium Friday wearing a Canadian hockey jersey to make good on a bet he had made with his counterpart in Canada.

White House responds to naked House Democrat’s satanic tale

March 9, 2010


Eric Massa was a little-known freshmen House Democrat only a month ago. Now he’s a political media sensation and a darling of Talk Radio/TV commentators capable of provoking the White House on healthcare reform.

Obama fights off high cholesterol with stroll to White House

March 1, 2010

OBAMA/Barack Obama does not appear pleased that his cholesterol is borderline high.

The lanky U.S. president, who carries 180 pounds on a 6-foot-1-inch frame, got the word on Sunday that he needed to reduce his “bad” cholesterol levels from 138 to 130 through changes in his diet.