Tales from the Trail

Sarah Palin turns the tables on William Shatner

December 12, 2009

PEOPLE-SHATNER/William Shatner, aka Capt. Kirk of Star Trek and pitchman for priceline.com, got a lot of mileage last year out of his dramatic reading of parts of Sarah Palin’s speech accepting the Republican vice presidential nomination.

First Draft: Heeeeere’s Barack!

March 19, 2009

OBAMA/As the AIG ire continues to bubble, President Barack Obama is in southern California, touring an electric vehicle plant, holding a town hall meeting with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and finally taping an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He’s been on the show before, back when he was campaigning for the White House, and he’s hardly alone. Aspiring presidents from John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton have found late-night TV audiences alluring. But Obama is the first serving president to sit on the “Tonight Show” couch.