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New WhiteHouse.gov Website

Today, Barack Obama was sworn in the 44th President of the United States. The White House has a new website now and it is expected that this will serve as a place for “online engagement” with American citizens and the global community. It has been stated that the efforts of the new media will focus on a) Communication b) Transparency and c) Participation
Those who wish to know more about the economy, national security, etc. can get information and updates from the briefing room. They can subscribe to the WhiteHouse.gov blog or get e-mail updates. President Obama has pledged that he will publish “executive orders and proclamations for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of [his] efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government.” The President’s policy priorities are available online. He has also promised to ensure that American citizens participate in the work of the new administration. The White House is inviting comments, concerns, questions, etc. If you have any, please use this form online. Now is your chance!

Personally, I am very happy to witness one of the most significant turning points and a new chapter in American history – the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American President. Today, the United States has really upheld the values of democracy and freedom.

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  1. BKlein says:

    They got it right! Kudos to the Whitehouse.gov webmaster. See the copyright notice at http://www.whitehouse.gov/copyright/.

    Sets a good example for other government agencies to follow.

    B. Klein

  2. blakeley says:

    Yes, it was very exciting to see this. It certainly sets a good example. And thank you, Chella, for blogging about the new WhiteHouse.gov site so swiftly. Let’s spread the word!

  3. vaidyanathan says:

    Yes, I agree that it is a good example for other govt. agencies.

  4. vaidyanathan says:

    You are welcome, Rebecca. I enjoyed doing it.

  5. Peggy says:

    Extract from a Whitehouse.gov blog posting, 1/25/09 (not even a week in office yet):

    The new media team is coming online as well and our first priority is digging into this new website: improving some of the basic press office functions (like the timely posting of press releases, executive orders, etc.), developing content from other parts of the Administration to share with you and mapping out a plan for technology development. Thanks to heroic supporting roles by the Office of Administration’s web and IT team (career government employees who span administrations), we were able to launch the new website. Now we begin the task of moving it forward.
    FROM: http://www.whitehouse.gov/now-comes-lilly-ledbetter/

  6. Liz Lebron says:

    This is a wonderful idea for keeping citizens informed…it should become as powerful as (or even more powerful than) the media as the tool for providing us with information…real information…. not just “media” information. This link should be emailed to everyone…especially to all campaign contacts/supporters/volunteers. This will keep us informed and ENGAGED!

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