And so it begins

21 January, 2009 at 5:52 pm (Barack Obama, Politics)

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It’s Obama’s first full day on the job, and he’s already been busy at work. Moreover, there are already good things in the works; for starters, the transition website, change.gov, has given way to the revamped whitehouse.gov. It’s a definite change from the previous administrations’ websites, and not in that it has a new president listed! There’s a blog, and a list of this administration’s agenda. Most importantly, though, is the fact that Obama is working to make the work of the executive branch more transparent. From the whitehouse.gov blog

Communication — Americans are eager for information about the state of the economy, national security and a host of other issues. This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated. Check out the briefing room, keep tabs on the blog (RSS feed) and take a moment to sign up for e-mail updates from the President and his administration so you can be sure to know about major announcements and decisions.

Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government. You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new administration and about the President’s policy priorities.

Participation — President Obama started his career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

Oh, and on a less important note (but still cool, nonetheless) – the White House has its own YouTube page
There is a LOT of work to be done, no doubt. But I’m feeling optimistic about where things are headed – and ready to do my part!

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2 Comments

  1. Kelli said,

    Looks like they’re going to have a hard time at first keeping the Web site up and running:

    http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/patterson/34463

  2. adayinthelyfe said,

    Haha yeah, I read that this morning! Let’s hope that the Obama administration will help force the White House’s technology to become up-to-date!

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