Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
2:55 PM ET, 05/22/2009

Jeff Zeleny writes on the Supreme Court vacancy in the New York Times: "President Obama has met with at least one other finalist for the job, an official confirmed Thursday, bringing the number of face-to-face interviews to at least two. Earlier this week, Mr. Obama met with Judge Diane P. Wood, who sits on the federal appeals court in Chicago."

Cid Standifer writes in the Roswell (N.M.) Daily Record about former President George W. Bush's speech at a reception for scholarship recipients at an Artesia, N.M., high school yesterday: "Bush said that he was relieved to be out of office. 'I no longer feel that great sense of responsibility that I had when I was in the Oval Office,' he said. 'And frankly, it's a liberating feeling.'"

Jacques Steinberg writes in the New York Times: "The public is to get its first glimpse of 'Robobama,' as it is known among some handlers, on July 4." The Obama animatronic figure to be displayed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., "is the result of attention to minute details by Disney sculptors, animators, engineers and even anatomists who pored over presidential photographs and video of him and then drew on the latest advances in robotic technology."

Paul Krugman writes in his New York Times opinion column: "That didn’t take long. Less than two weeks have passed since much of the medical-industrial complex made a big show of working with President Obama on health care reform — and the double-crossing is already well under way.... So here’s the question: Will Mr. Obama gloss over the reality of what’s happening, and try to preserve the appearance of cooperation? Or will he honor his own pledge, made back during the campaign, to go on the offensive against special interests if they stand in the way of reform?"

The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board writes: "Sometimes promises are hard to keep. Especially those made by politicians in the heat of an election. But President Obama should live up to his campaign pledge to stop the military from discriminating against gays and lesbians."

Jake Tapper blogs for ABC News that the White House wouldn't let TV networks film Obama shooting hoops with the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies, who were visiting Obama last month after winning the NCAA women's basketball championship. "Now we know why: Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who's speaking.... Do Obama White House officials think their media coverage isn't flattering enough?" The raw video has already garnered the White House more than half a million views.

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