Tales from the Trail

Baby buzz at OMB

January 7, 2010

Usually about this time of year we’re all wrapped up reporting about the expected White House budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

Obama admits security “screw up,” but some wonder who’ll pay

January 6, 2010

President Barack Obama may have hoped to limit the political fallout from last month’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner by admitting there was a “screw up.” Will firings follow? Some think Obama’s unusually sharp rhetoric raises the odds that heads will roll.

Washington chatter: who loses job over security scares?

January 5, 2010

It’s the question ricocheting around Washington: which official gets to step down for family reasons or to pursue other opportunities after recent security scares?

First Lady proposes coup as Obama family finishes Hawaii vacation

January 4, 2010

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All good things must come to an end, including presidential vacations.

After several golf games, beach days and dinners out, President Barack Obama and his family are leaving Hawaii to head back to Washington and the waiting White House.

Washington Irony Alert!

December 21, 2009

USA-WEATHER/SNOWSTORMWashington D.C. is usually known as a town that takes itself very seriously. You know, policy, politics, money, relieved by the occasional scandal. President Barack Obama appears to be doing his part to alleviate this metropolitan irony deficiency.

Obama feels at home in eye of winter storm

December 19, 2009

While the rest of Washington dug itself out of  the area’s most severe winter storm in years, the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue  found the deeply drifting snow much to their liking as it blanketed the White House.

Is the recession over? Obama’s advisers differ

December 13, 2009

Is the economic recession over in the United States? It depends on who you ask, even among President Barack Obama’s advisers.

Will White House chef become Iron Chef?

December 12, 2009

BUSH CHEFWhite House executive chef Cristeta Comerford knows something about cooking under deadline pressure for high-profile events at the mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Inquisition begins over state dinner gatecrashing

December 3, 2009

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan looked like he was having a bad day as he sat facing a firing USA/squad of lawmakers determined to find out how the vaunted Secret Service could allow uninvited guests into the White House and even into a receiving line to shake hands with President Barack Obama.

The First Draft: White House takes a lonely road to openness on Crasher-gate

December 3, 2009

President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, feels the White House doesn’t need Congress to help it maintain openness on the Crasher-gate scandal. That’s why it’s chosen to eschew the limelight of a Capitol Hill hearing today. USA/