Tales from the Trail

The harvest is in at the White House

October 30, 2009

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“Are you ready to work really hard?”

“Are you ready to get dirty?”

That was the rallying cry from first lady Michelle Obama Thursday as she invited local school children to help her pick crops from the White House garden.

Obama plants a piece of New Jersey on White House lawn

October 28, 2009

Kind of a quiet day at the White House today. Hey, why not plant a tree?

OBAMA/President Obama was on hand for a commemorative tree planting on the White House front lawn.

He’s powerful… And you’re not?

October 28, 2009

NUCEAR-IRAN/MISSILES-USAMaybe it was a sign that someone wanted to put the press corps — or possibly the White House staff — in their place.

Protest resignation over Afghan plans puts Obama team on edge

October 27, 2009

On Monday, the State Department sent out its no. 2 official to tout how it was managing to get U.S. civilians out into the field in Afghanistan, with nearly 1,000 expected to be in place by year-end.

Official Obama family portrait is in, Bo is not

October 23, 2009

The official portrait of the first family is in.

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There’s Sasha, the youngest at 8 years old, casually draping her arm over the shoulder of the president of the United States.

“Fiesta Latina” changes the rhythm at Obama White House

October 14, 2009

hosts¬†President Barack Obama celebrated the growing contribution of Hispanic culture and music to the United States with a “Fiesta Latina” at the White House, part of a musical series started by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Dust-up over healthcare reform ahead of Senate panel’s vote

October 12, 2009

The fragile consensus in favor of healthcare reform may be coming apart.

With the Senate Finance Committee due to vote on its reform bill Tuesday, the insurance industry’s trade group released an analysis saying the measure would drive up costs by thousands of dollars over the next decade.

Astronomy Night at the White House

October 8, 2009

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A cloudless sky made a perfect backdrop for a stargazing
party at the White House on Wednesday night. But instead of parading on a red carpet, VIP guests made their way around the South Lawn where earlier in the day astronomers set up telescopes in preparation for the party.

Has stimulus become a dirty word at the White House?

October 7, 2009

If it walks like a stimulus and quacks like a stimulus, is it a stimulus?

NUCEAR-IRAN/MISSILES-USAThat’s the question being thrown at White House spokesman Robert Gibbs this week. And he has so far refused to bite.

The First Draft: Could Obama’s Olympic sprint be a preview of a Copenhagen climate trip?

October 5, 2009

THAILAND/OK, so President Barack Obama’s lightning jaunt to Copenhagen last week was less than successful. Even with Oprah along, the Cheerleader-in-Chief couldn’t clinch the deal for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. It happens.