November 6th, 2008
02:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama launches official transition Web site

Barack Obama launched an official government Web site Thursday.
Barack Obama launched an official government Web site Thursday.

(CNN) – Barack Obama launched the official government Web site for the presidential transition on Thursday, giving it a look and feel that suggests the new president will utilize the Internet to a much greater degree than his predecessor.

The site is a slightly more formal-looking incarnation of Obama’s campaign web site that features a blue-shaded presidential seal and a countdown clock to the Inauguration on January 20. There are biographies not only of Obama and Joe Biden, but also the directors of his transition team: John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse. The web site outlines Obama’s policy agenda, on issues from Iraq to social security to urban policy.

While the site lacks the innovative community organizing tools that helped propel the Illinois senator to the presidency, one section of the site does ask for user-generated content, asking Americans to submit stories about “what this campaign and this election means to you” and “where President-Elect Obama should lead this country.”

There is a transition blog, which at the moment only features a video of Obama’s Tuesday victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park.

One link on the site is sure to get a flood of clicks: the “Jobs” section.

“All staff appointments chosen for this administration will be committed to fulfilling Obama’s campaign promises, to rebuilding our government, and to serving the American people again,” the site says.

soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. erica - greensboro, nc

    what's the web address??

    November 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Even Steven

    The website is Change DOT gov if you're interested.

    November 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Ian in Boulder, CO

    'That One' is ready on Day 1. Freaking amazing. Especially after 8 years of incompetence. Go Obama! Go USA!

    November 6, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Bravo!!!

    Now THIS is a President FOR the people and of the 21st century.

    November 6, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Maggie from Virginia

    Like him or not, you have to give him props!! I think we are in for a fantastic presidency that includes all people.

    November 6, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Steve

    An article about a website, without a link to the website?

    November 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Todd

    Where is the link to the site, or the web address?

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    Wow A president that keeps the Public Informed Now Thats CHANGE !! GREAT GOING PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Alex

    Seems we crashed the web site

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Bob Russo

    How about giving the url?

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Bonnie

    There were so many young men and women who worked so very hard on Obama's election that I hope they will be given a chance to work in his administration . The offices of negativity and power hungry people need to be replaced by this hard working and optimistic group of men and women.

    November 6, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. country first

    this president is already proving to be AMAZING.

    November 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Muz

    Nice to know we'll have someone in office who is not an old geezer and can actually keep up with the times.

    November 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. frank

    President Obama will make the world safe, peace, and America will get the respect back from around the world.

    November 6, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Greed is not good

    Hire me!

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden08inJesus'Name

    This guy is amazing! READY FROM DAY ONE!

    I am so proud of "That One"!

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Sean, Santa Barbara

    I voted for Obama, but now I'm scared his very first pick Rahm's father was a listed Israeli terrorist. Rahm's has loyalities to Israel (Dual Citizen) Isn't that taking a side on an argument (Israel / Palestine) fairly quickly? A lot of people support Israel, but how can you help with the situation over there with someone who is in line with the right wing of Israel? It's a voice towards unblinded support towards Israel very close to the President, is he going to pick someone on his staff to balance Rahms views?

    November 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. AT

    The site must be getting slammed. It's not working...

    November 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    The once famous M.C Hammer said in a rap song;

    "THEY CAN'T TOUCH THIS"

    GO OBAMA DOTHE DAM THING!

    YOUR TO COOL FOR WORDS

    November 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. cam cam

    Change.gov is the website. But it has been inundated with people trying to get on the site so it is slow to load.

    November 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Susan

    This is a President to be "OF THE PEOPLE!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Kenneth

    Yes We CAN (on the net).

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. mama4obama

    He is already making true on his promises. I love it!

    Way to go President Obama!

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Wow....we really are seeing something great here!!! a President elect who wants EVERYONE to be informed and wants his administration inclusive of EVERYONE by creating a new website we can easily turn to for information

    GREAT step in the right direction President Obama!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Candy West Virginia

    This guy is just amazing, he doesn't quit. I am more than excited about an OBAMA administration!

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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