Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
12:05 PM ET, 01/29/2009

Anne E. Kornblut writes in The Washington Post about how Obama is sticking close to home for now, and "will be delegating a heavier-than-expected share of the travel duties to his most prominent surrogates, including Vice President Biden."

Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in the New York Times about the "many signs that a more informal culture is growing up in the White House under new management."

Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin write for washingtonpost.com about how Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took to the podium in the White House briefing room yesterday and vowed to "clean house at his department, ridding it of the 'ethical transgressions, the blatant conflicts of interests, wastes, and abuses that we have seen over the last eight years.'"

Edward Cody writes in The Washington Post that "The United States, it turns out, has declared war on Roquefort cheese." Chalk it up to a last-minute move by the Bush administration.

Debbi Wilgoren, Rich Leiby and DeNeen L. Brown write in The Washington Post: "President Obama this morning signed a law that expanded the time frame in which workers can sue for discrimination they have experienced based on gender, race, national origin or religion."

Joe Klein writes in Time that Obama "has reversed the tactical, win-the-news-cycle sensibility of recent presidencies. During his first week in office, at least, he opted for strategy and substance over show biz."

Helen Thomas writes in her Hearst opinion column: " President Obama has promised an administration that is open and transparent. I'll believe it when I see it... All the administrations I have covered -- dating back to Kennedy -- have been secretive and shown little respect for keeping the people informed of what is being done in their name -- unless a president wants to brag about an accomplishment. Then the government's giant information machine whirls into action."

And Rush Limbaugh makes a modest proposal in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let's say the vote was 54% to 46%. As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion -- $486 billion -- will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% -- $414 billion -- will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me."

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