Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
12:53 PM ET, 01/22/2009

Marc Ambinder blogs for the Atlantic that Obama is apparently going to be able to keep some sort of super-encrypted BlackBerry-like device.

Susan Page writes for USA Today: "By nearly 6-1, those surveyed Tuesday in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say Obama's inauguration has made them feel more hopeful about the next four years, a far more positive response than the one President Bush's swearing-in prompted in 2005."

Karl Rove complains in a Wall Street Journal opinion column that "as Mr. Bush left Washington, in a last angry frenzy his critics again distorted his record, maligned his character and repeated untruths about his years in the Oval Office." Rove concludes that "despite facing challenges and crises few others have, the job did not break George W. Bush. Though older and grayer, his brows more furrowed, he is the same man he was, a person of integrity who did what he believed was right. And he exits knowing he summoned all of his energy and talents to defend America and advance its ideals at home and abroad. He didn't get everything right -- no president does -- but he got the most important things right. And that is enough."

Stephen F. Hayes writes in the Weekly Standard that former vice president Dick Cheney is not happy with his former boss. "Cheney told the Weekly Standard that his former chief of staff, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, whom he described as a 'victim of a serious miscarriage of justice,' deserved a presidential pardon."

David Bauder writes for the Associated Press: "Three news agencies refused to distribute White House-provided photos of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday, arguing that access should have been provided to news photographers."

CNN reports: "In the Bush administration, it was a rule: Jackets in the Oval Office -- and now, it seems, one of the first Bush-era regulations to get scrapped in the Obama White House."

And Ed O'Keefe blogs for washingtonpost.com that framed photographs of Obama and Vice President Biden may not adorn the lobbies of federal buildings until March, but that in the meantime: "As for those portraits of Bush and Cheney, GSA instructed staff on Tuesday that they 'should be removed and respectfully disposed' at noon."

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