Tales from the Trail

Does it matter if the president smokes?

March 1, 2010

In the current anti-smoking mood in the United States where having a cigarette is banned just about everywhere that is public, how big of a deal is it if the president of the United States lights up once in a while? AUSTRALIA-BUDGET/

Gibbs Twitter math: 4 days, 8 tweets, 22,500 followers

February 16, 2010

NUCEAR-IRAN/MISSILES-USABasically all White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had to do was turn up … and they followed by the thousands.

Obama ‘luckiest man on the planet’ in snowstorm

February 11, 2010

President Barack Obama has weathered many political storms with varying degrees of success, but the snowstorm of the century that walloped Washington this week proved he was the luckiest man on the planet. That’s according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, still sore from endlessly shoveling snow at his own home.

Obama aide backhands Palin over crib notes

February 9, 2010

OBAMAWhite House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mocked former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for writing notes on her hand at last weekend’s Tea Party convention.

Could it be just a case of climate change coincidence?

December 7, 2009

Maybe it was just a case of cosmic karma…

USA-CLIMATE/EPAClimate skeptics around Washington wondered whether it was really a coincidence that the EPA announced its long-awaited “endangerment finding” — which clears the way for the agency to regulate greenhouse gases as a harmful pollutant –  on the same day that a big international climate change meeting opened in Copenhagen.

White House defends social secretary in gate-crasher flap, couple declines to testify

December 2, 2009

INDIA-USA/White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today defended the White House social secretary, Desiree Rogers, in the controversy surrounding how a Virginia couple managed to wangle their way into President Barack Obama’s state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week.

First words from First spokesman: it wasn’t about Obama

November 4, 2009

The First spokesman has spoken: Tuesday’s elections were not about the president after all.

Is swine flu vaccine going to Guantanamo? Define “going”

November 3, 2009

GERMANY/Conservative politicians and commentators got up in arms this week after the Pentagon said it would send doses of hard-to-get H1N1 swine flu vaccine to terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay.

Darth Vader, as played by Robert Gibbs

November 2, 2009

OBAMA/We saw a lot of photos over the weekend of President Obama and his wife, Michelle “Catwoman” Obama, handing out Halloween treats at the White House on Saturday night.

He’s powerful… And you’re not?

October 28, 2009

NUCEAR-IRAN/MISSILES-USAMaybe it was a sign that someone wanted to put the press corps — or possibly the White House staff — in their place.