Tales from the Trail

Just say “Bo” – Obama White House unveils first dog

April 12, 2009

USA/The Obama White House on Sunday unveiled the first family’s new pet, a 6-month-old male Portuguese Water Dog named Bo.
The black-and-white, curly-haired Bo was a gift to Obama daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, from Senator Ted Kennedy and will take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama had promised his daughters a new puppy during his campaign for the White House. In January, he told reporters the front-runner breeds were a Portuguese Water Dog and a Labradoodle.
The Web site of Dog Breed Info Center describes the Portuguese Water Dog as a hardy, muscular, medium-sized dog that grows to about 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) tall and is “lively but sensible, and loyal.”
“Bear in mind that this extremely intelligent dog will take liberties if it feels it is stronger-minded than its owners,” the center said. “This breed may out-think its owner!”
Online advertisements by U.S. and Canadian breeders quote prices for Portuguese Water Dogs at between $2000 and $2900.
The water-loving breed gets its name from its long history of helping Portuguese fisherman herd and catch fish, retrieve tackle, and carry messages between ships.

Watch out for children, it’s Easter at the White House

April 9, 2009

Get ready for them. They’re coming. On Monday the White House lawn will be over-run with children for the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Let’s go play.”

Check twice before clicking that “send” button

April 9, 2009

GENERIC BUSINESS PIXOops. The White House accidentally (we assume) sent out a seven-page “daily guidance and press schedule” for President Obama that included inside information.

Giving up “House” for the White House

April 7, 2009

He escaped from Guantanamo, inhaled and went in search of White Castle burgers, journeyed in search of his Indian heritage, and then became a doctor (who committed suicide this week).

First Draft: White House “victory garden”

March 20, 2009

USA/Spring blew into Washington this morning and the signs are everywhere: the cherry blossoms are starting to come out, magnolia trees are budding and at the White House, workers are digging up the lawn.

Did you break something at the White House?

March 13, 2009

Somebody did. And Michelle Obama knows who you are.

Talking in a television interview about how her family is adjusting to life in the White House, the first lady said her young daughters Sasha and Malia had been behaving well in the grand house filled with antiques and historic artifacts.

Britain’s Brown probes Obama on possible tennis match

March 3, 2009

We all know that Barack Obama knows his way around the basketball court. He also has a decent golf swing. But what about tennis?

British PM Brown goes to DC bearing gifts for Obama

March 2, 2009

By Sumeet Desai and Matt Spetalnick

With the British anxious about the state of their “special relationship” with the United States, Prime Minister Gordon Brown goes to Washington this week bearing gifts for President Barack Obama as reminders of that long transatlantic lovefest.

What’s the difference between Obama and Bush?

March 1, 2009

If you want to know if there’s a difference between working for President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, ask the man who’s worked for both: Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Gates faced that question on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

‘Restless soul’ Obama feeling cooped up at White House

February 6, 2009

He’s lived in the place for less than three weeks, but U.S. President Barack Obama is already feeling the constraints of the White House.
USA-OBAMA/After announcing a busy travel schedule for the president next week, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked if Obama was feeling cooped up at the executive mansion.
“It’s safe to say,” Gibbs said.
“Look, you know, some of you have covered him and some of you haven’t, but he’s a bit of a restless soul.  His idea of a crazy day is to take a long walk.”
Asked where Obama liked to walk, Gibbs said “in solitude and isolation.”
The president may get a little solitude and isolation on Saturday. He’s headed to the Camp David presidential retreat with his family.
After that he hits the road to push Congress to pass an economic stimulus package. He’s in Indiana on Monday, Florida on Tuesday and Illinois on Thursday.
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