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

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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

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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

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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.