Tales from the Trail

Obamas seek shrimp as rain lets up on Martha’s Vineyard

August 25, 2010

The First Family took advantage of a break in the rainy weather on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday to escape their holiday farm and make their first public foray together.

Obama unwinds into summer vacation, reading list revealed

August 20, 2010

Finally,  the presidential summer reading list is revealed — well, one book anyway.

For Obama, what’s bigger challenge — being a dad or being president?

June 21, 2010

Barack Obama has a storied resume but the job he says is the hardest may surprise you: being a father.

Washington blizzard finally gets respect from ‘flinty’ Obama

February 5, 2010

President Barack Obama, who famously chided Washington for not being “flinty” enough in dealing with snow compared with his hometown Chicago, isn’t scoffing any more as a winter storm threatens to dump up to 30 inches on the U.S. capital this weekend.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Obama family hits the Turkey line

November 26, 2009

HandshakeThe First Family swooped in for a swift spot of volunteering Wednesday at Martha’s Table, about two miles from the White House, handing out turkeys and groceries to a fast-moving line of the local needy.

First children get new swing set

March 5, 2009


A puppy isn’t the only thing first children Sasha and Malia are getting to ease their transition to White House life.
A well-equipped playground set appeared outside the Oval Office Wednesday, complete with swings, slides, rope ladders, climbing slopes, clubhouse and crawl spaces.
The playground set was designed by Rainbow Play Systems.
The positioning should let President Barack Obama keep an eye on the children while working.
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Obama reveals motivation to daughters

January 16, 2009

WASHINGTON –  You mean it wasn’t just about the fun stuff on the campaign trail — like junk food, picnics and parades?

Early move to Washington for Obama’s wife, daughters

January 3, 2009

1CHICAGO – Barack Obama moves to Washington on Sunday — 16 days before he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

First Dog tradition to continue under Obama

November 5, 2008

WASHINGTON – Worry not dog lovers, the White House will still have a “First Dog” under a Barack Obama administration.******Obama had promised that whether or not he won the White House, his daughters Sasha and Malia could get a dog.******”Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine.  And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us,” Obama said at the start of his victory speech. ******His predecessors dating back several administrations had dogs and yes, a few cats occupied the White House too.******Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, is also getting in on the act. He told reporters traveling with him earlier that his wife had promised him a “big dog” if he got elected.******Jill Biden had taped pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of him on his campaign plane to inspire the candidate as he criss-crossed the country in the final sprint to election day.******”Jill had said the only way you are getting a dog is if you are president … we didn’t think about vice president,” said Biden. “She said at least if you live in the White House you are home.”******He dropped out of the presidential race but when Obama asked him to join the ticket, his wife Jill said if he did so she would let him have the dog he wanted.******Click here for more Reuters 2008 campaign coverage.******- Additional reporting by Sue Pleming******- Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama family emerges on stage at victory rally in Chicago)