No More Drama for Obama Insider

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Forced Labor

Peter Orszag says he didn't want to be President Obama's first budget director.

Orszag tells New York Magazine he didn't wan t to endure the inevitable drama -- quote -- "Having worked in a White House before, I knew how the infighting can become all-consuming and I didn't want to fall into that trap again. Many of my mentors warned me that despite the 'no drama' Obama campaign, once in office this White House would inevitably be like others and possibly worse. And unfortunately that's exactly what happened."

Orszag left his position last summer and now is an executive at Citigroup.

Brown Bagged

At some public elementary schools in Chicago students do not even have the option to bring their own lunches from home.

School officials say cafeteria lunches are healthier for kids. But that policy is not sitting well with some parents who say the kids don't like the school food and throw it away.

J. Justin Wilson, a senior researcher with the Center for Consumer Freedom, told the Chicago Tribune -- quote -- "This is the perfect illustration of how the government's one-size-fits-all mandate on nutrition fails time and again."

Fuel for Thought

And finally, President Obama was asked about rising fuel prices at a town hall last week and his answer raised some conservatives' eyebrows. Now car experts are weighing in as well.

The president said -- quote -- "If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting eight miles a gallon, you may have a big family, but it's probably not that big. How many [kids do] you have? Ten kids, you say? Ten kids? Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then."

However, Edward Loh of Motor Trend Magazine says a 12-person hybrid passenger van does not exist because -- quote -- "for hybrids to be effective, weight must be kept down. It wouldn't be feasible to have a vehicle that large also be a hybrid."

And Edmunds.com agrees, saying there are no hybrid vans that accommodate 10 or more people.