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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.

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 22, 2009; 2:55 PM ET
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Regarding the White House producing its own propaganda, I can't help but the media is complicit in creating an environment where the White House feels that it can take over reporting on itself. It seems like most of the media outlets stopped doing actual reporting on the Presidency some time ago for fear that negative or unflattering stories would result in their access to press conference and pool reporting cut off. Until the media outlets relearn that it is their job to inform the American people of what the President is doing, not to get the President's word out.

Posted by: fletc3her | May 22, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

My belief is that the short answers to Dr. Krugman's questions are:
1. gloss over
2. no

Too bad for America, but I bet that it works out just fine for Obama.

Posted by: dickdata | May 22, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

There is so much to loathe in Cheney's speech, but somehow one thing really stood out for me. It's his dismissal of the very possibility that a rational person could, in good faith, disagree with him on this issue. Rather, he insists that President Obama is expressing fake morality as a cover for a purely political matter. Look, if Cheney wants to accuse us of being naive, soft, bleeding hearts, fine. But instead, we secretly agree with everything he has done, and are just playing politics.

This really angers me. I mean, hell, I'm angry anyway at the mess this unelected shadow president left behind him. But the utter lack of respect for Americans who love their country but do not share his values is repugnant.

Of all the asinine missteps of George W. Bush, the biggest one by far was handing the reigns of power over to this awful little man.

Posted by: QuincyScott | May 22, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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