Tales from the Trail

The First Draft, Monday, Jan. 5

January 5, 2009


President-elect Barack Obama woke up today in the tony Hay-Adams Hotel, across Lafayette Park from the White House.

Obama gets a taste of the presidential life

January 5, 2009

ABOARD A U.S. AIR FORCE JET – Barack Obama got a taste of U.S presidential life on Sunday, traveling from Chicago to Washington on the military aircraft often used to fly Vice President Dick Cheney.USA-OBAMA/
The plane, an Air Force Boeing 757, had all the trappings of Air Force One: the presidential seal at the front, name cards with the seal, and cups and plates emblazoned “Air Force One.”
Obama said he got a little choked up before leaving his Chicago home for the U.S. capital where he will take office on Jan. 20. He said it hit him as he flipped through a photo album a friend gave his 10-year-old daughter Malia.
“I just looked through the pages. The house was empty. It was a little tough. It got me,” he told reporters. His wife Michelle, Malia and daughter Sasha, 7, arrived in Washington on Saturday. The girls start school on Monday.
The Obamas will stay at the luxury Hay Adams Hotel across a park from the White House until Jan. 15 when they move into Blair House, a guest house near the White House.

Hotel will be Obamas’ first home in Washington

December 31, 2008

KAILUA, Hawaii – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his family will trade their plush Chicago home for a Washington hotel this weekend when they formally move to the capital.USA-OBAMA/
The Obamas are still vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu but are due to return to Chicago on Thursday in preparation for the relocation to Washington. Obama’s daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, are set to start classes at Sidwell Friends school on Monday.
“They will stay at a Washington hotel through the 15th and then they will move into the Blair House,” a transition aide said, referring to the guest residence across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.
The Obamas had asked to move into Blair House two weeks before the traditional date of Jan. 15 because of their daughters’ Jan. 5 start at their new school, but the White House said this was not possible because of previously scheduled events.
Obama will formally move into the White House on Jan. 20, the day he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
The transition aide said Obama would continue to work on his economic recovery plan to rescue the United States from deep recession in the days leading up to his inauguration.

Obama’s pet care advice: remember the poop

December 16, 2008

 USA-OBAMA/CHICAGO – Pay attention, you puppy-loving kids. The future president of the United States says if you want a dog, you have to be able to take care of it. That includes cleaning up the, er, poop.

Obama assembling high-powered basketball team

December 16, 2008

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama did not have to look far to find his choice for education secretary — just across the basketball court.

Bush contemplates how he’d like to be remembered

November 28, 2008

President George W. Bush, nearing the end of his final term in office, says he most wants to be remembered as someone who came to Washington and didn’t lose his values.
Someone who didn’t sell his soul to the political process.
Somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace.
So he told his sister, Dorothy Bush Koch, in an interview for StoryCorps, the national oral history initiative. An excerpt of the interview aired on National Public Radio on Thanksgiving Day and the White House released excerpts on Friday. The entire interview will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Mom wants them to make their beds, but…

November 26, 2008

The Obama girls had other ideas during their first visit to the White House since their father was elected the next president of the United States. Aided and abetted by President George W. Bush’s daughters, Barbara and Jenna, Malia and Sasha Obama did a little bed jumping during their visit.

A tough act to follow in the U.S. Senate

November 25, 2008

WASHINGTON – Sen. Robert Menendez has a tough if not impossible act to follow as successor to Sen. Charles Schumer as chairman of the Senate Democratic campaign committee.

A TARP by any other name…

November 18, 2008

WASHINGTON – TARP, the four-letter acronym for a $700 billion government bailout, has lost its original definition and needs a new name.

Welcome to Front Row Washington: Tracking U.S. politics

November 11, 2008

WASHINGTON – With the election over, it is time to say happy trails to Reuters “Tales from the Trail” election blog and give a warm welcome to “Front Row Washington” which will provide readers a view from Reuters correspondents working the political beat around town and the country.