November 6th, 2008
02:06 PM ET
6 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. ken

    what's the web address

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

    Web address is at the top of the picture of this article.

    change.gov

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. s

    people chill out- the link is:

    Change.gov

    Great start Mr. President!

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    what the Web Address CNN?

    November 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. s

    People chill out- the link is

    change.gov (I think it might have crashed due to HUGE traffic :)

    Great start Mr. President!!! :)

    November 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. CC Reston VA

    Get ready for election 2012 no republican will waste money to challenge Obama when he is done with our country in fact Obama will win all 50 states.

    November 6, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. sudeen

    The website is
    http://www.change.gov

    November 6, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Boise, ID

    It is certainly great to see a 21st century president with 21st century skills!

    November 6, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    FROM THE ONCE FAMOUS RAPPER MC HAMMER:

    'THEY CAN'T TOUCH THIS"

    GO OBAMA THEY CAN'T TOUCH YOU!

    November 6, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Jimmy

    change.gov

    November 6, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. MY FRIENDS - REPUBLI-KLANS SORE LOSERS JOA$$HN McINSANE/PAIN-LIN ARE BACK AT HOME RELISHING ON THEIR HATE MONGERING!

    BETCHA' IS GONE BACK HOME TO ALASKA, ALSO!

    November 6, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. sandee in Portland

    What an amazing person he is, totally in tune with the 21st century. He said his government would be transparent and he's already beginning to make that possible.

    I especially like the part of the site where he wants the american people to give their thoughts on which direction he should lead the country in. No other President has ever asked us directly for our thoughts. This only reinforces for me the reason I voted for him.

    I'm sure, though, he'll get lots of hate directed at him on his site from the bloggers that still believe all the lies the McCain campaign said. Hopefully, he will realize these are the uneducated people who don't really care about our country, just their own personal agendas.

    November 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Allen

    What a sad situation, we have gotten ourselves into. It's sad to think how many stupid people we have in this country. All I can say to the people who voted for obama, get ready to have smaller paychecks. When your taxes get raised so you can pay more for the people on welfare (mostly blacks and illegal mexicans). obama better make good on all of the promises he's made. Or he's going to look pretty bad.....I guess we will have to see! God help the next four years..it's going to be bumpy.

    November 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Mr. Turner

    Hi CNN,
    Is it possible to recall or remove a Judge or lawyer from practicing Law, when they try to go against the people of the land decisions for amendments & measures that they voted for, like Prop. 8, in California, in which now there are lawsuits being filed against the decision of the People ?

    And I consider myself a democrat, if that mean anything.

    November 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. SoCal

    Who was talking about being "READY FROM DAY ONE"?

    This guy is!

    November 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Gayle

    Help what is the web address please some give it.

    Thanks

    November 6, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Liz

    Mr. President (Elect) Obama, I hope you continue to keep us in the loop just like this. Enjoy your visit to the White House on Monday.

    November 6, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Great site! It doesn't do a thing!

    Typical political blather: over-promise and under-deliver.

    November 6, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. scott

    From the picture, it looks like the site is "Change.gov"

    November 6, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Okwachawe

    hey Todd – November 6th, 2008 2:13 pm ET
    "Where is the link to the site, or the web address?"

    it's in plain view –
    change.gov

    It's in the image of the splash page.

    November 6, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Nicole

    The URL is http://www.change.gov, but apparently we've all clogged up the servers! LOL...

    November 6, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Brooke

    Can you guys not read images? Change.gov - it's right there in the article picture.

    November 6, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. M in Manhattan

    Bravo, Mr. President! Bravo!

    November 6, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Change-a-holic-08, in ATL

    I'm so excited, I just can't hide it...Obama and his crew are gonna change the world and I think I like it!!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Old white lady

    My husband and I have been praying for a long time that God (who is color-blind) would send us a true Statesman, a man of honor and astounding intelligence, to run our country. My prayers were answered election night. Welcome, President Obama!

    November 6, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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