Tales from the Trail

Obama on conspiracy theories, birth certificates

April 15, 2011

obama_lightsPresident Barack Obama says most Americans are confident that he is American-born and bred and says the “birther” issue could be a problem for Republican challengers in the 2012 presidential campaign.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer on Twitter

April 14, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court does not have an official Twitter account, but this just in — Justice Stephen Breyer is on Twitter and Facebook. But he is not revealing details of arguments or rulings.

Obama and spokesman have equal “vision” on deficit reduction

April 13, 2011

President Barack Obama and his spokesman obviously see eye-to-eye.

But it was a bit surprising to what degree. White House spokesman Jay Carney during his daily press briefing yesterday used the word “vision” 15 times. Guess how many times President Barack Obama said “vision” during his speech today? 15.

Washington Extra – A vision

April 12, 2011

One thing clear about President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated speech on reducing the long-term deficit is that the White House believes it will be a vision to behold. USA/

And then there were two… Republicans exploring presidential bid

April 12, 2011

Two Republicans have now stepped up to the plate! Well, technically they have stepped up to the plate to consider stepping up to the plate. USA-POLITCS/REPUBLICANS

Washington Extra – Mistakes were made

April 11, 2011

Anyone in public office for more than a nanosecond is likely to have words and deeds come back to haunt them. New political realities sometimes demand a new world view 180 degrees from the old one. And then comes the explanation.

Obama has budget deal “bonus” for Colorado schoolkids; Boehner bashes Democrats at fund-raiser

April 11, 2011


President Barack Obama is getting into a habit of surprising tourists. Over the weekend it was a trip to the Lincoln Memorial, and on Monday he turned up to surprise a group of school children at the White House.

Republican Pawlenty hoping he got his money man for 2012

April 11, 2011

Tim Pawlenty, who is exploring a run for president in 2012 and is sometimes lampooned as somebody nobody knows, has created a buzz in political circles by hiring Nick Ayers as campaign manager for his exploratory committee. USA-POLITICS/REPUBLICANS

At Lincoln Memorial, Obama again makes point that government is open

April 9, 2011

President Barack Obama has found the monuments of Washington to be quite the picturesque backdrops for making the point that a government shutdown was averted.

Obama family trip cancelled over budget deadlock

April 8, 2011

Add another victim to a looming federal government shutdown – a surprise Obama family outing to Williamsburg in Virginia, which was  postponed on Friday after budget negotiations failed to break their deadlock.