As the new budget plan from the Obama Administration comes out today, it brings back old memories of my early days as a reporter in Washington, D.C., with an event that still gets repeated.
Reporters from all around the city will line up at the Government Printing Office about seven blocks to the north of the U.S. Capitol, and at 9:30 EST will get handed a huge, several volume tome that looks like a softback encyclopedia.
Yes, that's how the budget gets handed out to many a reporter still, in these times of computers.
There was always an air of excitement as you check in with your press tags, stand in line on the stairs of this old building - after waiting outside in the cold, early Feburary chill - waiting to get your hands on the budget.
There would always be a bunch of TV camera crews there, and if you were lucky, you might make the news on one of the networks, standing in line, getting this big slab of documents.
Of course, it is not an easy document to decipher. I have gone home many times after writing stories about the budget, worried sick that I had read the wrong number, not understand the hieroglyphics or screwed things up in some way.
By far, my favorite part of the federal budget is called, "Historical Tables", which is chock full of all kinds of data about budgets past.
After a rough week in Washington, President Barack Obama came to rainy Atlanta on Sunday to be with a friendlier crowd, becoming the first sitting president to give the commencement address at Morehouse College.