(CNN) - Paddling around in the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season is normally a serene way to spend a springtime Sunday afternoon in the nation's capital. Yesterday, it was anything but calm as the wind whipped up white caps and made it impossible from some paddle boaters to get back to the dock. The paddle boat operators had to rescue several paddlers when they got stuck. Luckily, no one wound up in the water.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual two-week event taking place in the in nation's capital, commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees given by Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912.
First lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park in a simple ceremony held on March 27, 1912. Three years later, the U.S. reciprocated, presenting a flowering dogwood as a gift to the Japanese people.
Today, thousands of Americans flock to Washington each spring for the annual festival celebrating the blossoming of the cherry trees.
–CNN's Sally Holland and CNN's Sarah Parker contributed to this report
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain said recently that votes he garnered last year were “mostly” votes for Sarah Palin. But he still is not ready to unequivocally back his former running mate for a 2012 White House bid should she choose to pursue one.
“I’d like to see her compete,” McCain said Sunday when asked by NBC’s David Gregory whether he would like to see the Alaska governor become president.
“I think we’ve got some very good candidates,” McCain said noting Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – all Republicans. “There’s a lot of good, fresh talent out there.”
McCain hedged a direct question on whether he would support Palin.
“I’d have to see who the candidates are and what the situation is at the time,” he said. “But have no doubt of my respect, admiration and love for Sarah and her family.”
Editor's note: John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and "State of the Union" host, examines the news made in Sunday talk and offers up this Monday morning crib sheet on what to watch this week in politics.
(CNN) - It was an extraordinary Sunday, reflecting the many challenges facing the still young Obama administration.
Why extraordinary? Traditionally, when an administration –Republican or Democratic - offers up the president for a Sunday interview, the other programs are left without senior administration guests. It is a simple strategy: When the president speaks, he stands alone.
But the Obama White House took a dramatically different approach this week.
Yes, President Obama made his first appearance on a Sunday interview since moving into the White House. But the administration also made available two Cabinet secretaries, Treasury and Defense, as well as the top general and top diplomat charged with implementing the risky new Afghanistan/Pakistan policy.
There's a lot to digest from the Sunday blitz:
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General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner announced his resignation early Monday - the latest change for the troubled automaker.
CNN: Obama: U.S. prepared to pursue targets in Pakistan
President Obama said Sunday that his administration remains prepared to order strikes against "high-value" targets within Pakistan.
A leading congressional Republican did not pull any punches Sunday when asked whether President Obama had kept one of his most prominent campaign promises.
From fielding questions online, to the staging of events across the country, to deploying thousands of volunteers, President Obama and Democrats are using the same tools that helped them win the White House to push the administration's agenda.
Barely six months ago, the International Monetary Fund emerged from years of declining relevance, hurriedly cobbling together emergency loans for countries from Iceland to Pakistan, as the first wave of the financial crisis hit.