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. Wally©

    They should move this site to an ultra-mega server !!!

    It's inaccessible !!!

    November 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Nick

    Sean, Santa Barbara, were you not paying attention to this election at all? You're essentially going Ayers on the Emmanuel family. His dad was my pediatrician growing up, are you telling me that some terrorist nurses and cares for the well being of children? It does not matter where you came from, or what names you've been called. What matters is how well you can do the job, and Rahm is probably the best pick Obama could have made.

    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Claborne

    He might want to talk to his friend Eric Schmidt at Google about hosting this. It looks like its overloaded.

    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Jeff

    OMG you Obamamites are unbelievable. Change?? He just pick Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff – the most partisan democrat around who once was caught saying F%$# republicans. John Kerry, he's as liberal as Obama. This is change? He has fooled all of you.

    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. SoCal

    It looks like there are too many people trying to register and/or submit their information on the web site...

    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Kevin, Little Rock

    Hey 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain:

    How can you go on here and say "Impeach Obama" and he's not even sworn in yet. Dude, stop being mad. The election is over and we need to get ready to get our country back on track.

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. 3strikes

    1st strike – people voted for obama just because they like him

    2nd strike – people voted for obama just because they wanted to see the first african american in the white house

    3rd strike – people voted for obama just because they wanted to go with the flow

    all the wrong reasons to vote for this inexperienced empty suit socialist, it just shows – millions of people suffering from idiocy

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Franklin T,, Florida

    Joseph Lieberman has been convicted by the Democratic Party and it is time for him to be punished and face consequences of his offensive, misguided actions.

    It was more than fine for Lieberman to extend support and speak at the Republican Convention for his friend, Sen. John McCain. What he did wrong was his continuous unfair attacks and troubling innuendos against President-elect Obama, a member of his own caucus.

    Reid must set a clear example that such behavior will not be tolerated, especially, not from an individual who was the standard barrier for the Party just 8 years ago.

    Lieberman must go!

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. M in Manhattan

    Oops, my comment was directed at Henry..not Gayle. My apologies.

    November 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Simmy

    BRAVO! GOD KEEP BLESSING THIS PRECIOUS FIRST FAMILY!

    November 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Tom from DE.

    It's incredible that John Boehner is criticizing Obama already about his Chief of Staff pick. Wouldn't you think that the surviving GOP politicians would have learned something over the last several months? Hard heads like Boehner continue to be obstacles in the path of bipartisanship.

    November 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Nancy

    I want to go to the inaguration so freakin bad, but I am still in training at my job.

    November 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. INDEPENDENT NOW

    curious. Has anyone done a study on how the first time voters, voted for their congress and senators local officals. I heard they all just bubbled in Obama and left the rest of the ballot blank? Is this true? I hope now that Obama has won he fufills all of his promises to the American People. I hope he takes some direction from mccain and rids this country of earmarks. I hope he does a good job. I am sure he will be better than bush, though anyone of the candidates could have. Good luck

    November 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. M in Manhattan

    Oops, my comment was directed at Henry..not Gayle. My apologies.
    My point is- give President Elect Obama a chance. The man is not even in office yet.

    November 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Carla

    That's a pretty cool idea.

    November 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. G. Robinson

    The website is still under construction. Give it a few days and calm down. He's got it all under control.

    WE BARACKED OUR VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. V. Clausewitz

    To heck with the jobs.... where's my reparations?

    November 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Derrick

    TRANSPARENCY...Just like Mr. President pormised.
    Thank You !!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Steven

    Ha, it must be a Drupal site. I'm getting a node error.

    November 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. democrats /PA

    obama wants to be like clinton
    well there goes are jobs over sea;s

    November 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Christine - CT

    I am smiling – way to go President-Elect Obama!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Hopeful in DC

    In response to Allen . . . SMALLER PAYCHECKS??? Why don't you mention smaller paychecks to those hard working Americans that lost their ENITIRE PAYCHECKS & have been unable to find jobs due to the last 8 years of the Bush Administration. EVERYONE is suffering right now . . . some more than others. Before you start criticizing our President-Elect, why don't you enjoy the 70+ days left in the Bush adminstration because it seems that worked out well for you.

    Change is NEVER easy . . . but it is necessary. A movement of this magnitude will take time, but it will be accomplished.

    November 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Andrea

    Hey People! Stop crashing the site, let us take turns looking at the site!!

    November 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Debby

    Govern from a website now thats hard work.

    November 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. GEORGE GARY

    REPUBLICANS ARE HATE MONGERS? VERY INTERESTING STATEMENT. I GUESS THAT YOU WHO BELIEVE THAT, PROOVE
    THAT THOSE WHO SCREEM ABOUT TALLERANCE, HAVE NONE. BUT WE WILL SEE NOW THAT DEMECRATES HAVE IT ALL, THAT MEANS THEY GET ALL THE BLAME. ITS' OBAMA'S FAULT!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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