President Obama has a blog – well, at least his administration does. That's cool. Perhaps you already know this, but in the midst of the inaugural festivities yesterday, Whitehouse.gov got a new look and feel.
I like it. In fact, I'm going on the record as someone who is sincerely hopeful that change can happen if we all do our part.
Priorities for this new media campaign, are as follows …
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.
and btw … Elizabeth was there–towards the front even! She told me this morning that she has never felt so much humanity before. There were so many people!! She took some pictures and promised to blog about the experience soon.
I'll leave you with this quote from the President's proclaimation about renewal and reconciliation …
On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two
centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a
birthright — it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come
together as a people to carry it forward once more.
My political views have not changed, but I'm willing to help carry the burden. Hope you are too.