Tales from the Trail

Obama bests Republicans on healthcare reform in public confidence poll

March 5, 2010

USA/OBAMA

Barack Obama appears to be winning the popularity contest over healthcare reform that’s been playing out in public since his White House summit on Feb. 25.

Will presidential weight carry healthcare through?

March 3, 2010

President Barack Obama spoke. Republicans talked back.

USA HEALTHCARE/OBAMA SPEECHNo sign that anyone shifted positions after the president’s remarks today in the East Room at the White House with lots of white hospital coats in the audience.

Obama tells reporters: No lectures about cholesterol

March 2, 2010

OBAMA/U.S. President Barack Obama has been advised by his doctors to watch a borderline-high cholesterol level but that didn’t stop him from sitting down to a lunch of  fried chicken on Tuesday.

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/

Senator Coburn cites Thomson Reuters at healthcare summit

February 25, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/Republican Senator Tom Coburn is obviously a big fan of Thomson Reuters. He cited Thomson Reuters reports throughout his presentation at the White House healthcare summit.

White House healthcare summit plans take shape

February 24, 2010

BUSH/President Barack Obama’s bipartisan healthcare summit is taking on the trappings of a diplomatic visit, complete with a gilt-edged setting at Blair House, the federal style mansion where foreign heads of state stay when they’re in Washington.

Who knew the Dalai Lama was a feminist?

February 18, 2010

World peace came first. But then the Dalai Lama told reporters he brought up to President Barack Obama during their White House meeting the issue of women in leadership roles. USA/

You can see the Golden Gate Bridge from low-earth orbit

February 17, 2010

President Barack Obama and a group of brainiac young students played stump-the-astronaut with the current occupants of the orbiting space station.

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.