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. blair

    you make me laugh. you all are like a bunch of lemming heading for the ledge to just walk off it while praising obama. He has you right where he wants you one foot in mid air over nothing and the other on the American Flag. Maybe you will all wake up when you can not play your games or blog or watch your TV shows. what you gonna do when all you get on your computers is his web site and on the TV his TV station.

    November 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. joe mama obama

    The fact that african americans are overly celebrating Obama's elect as one of their own is the definition of ignorance. Do so research people instead of just vote for him because his skin is like yours. He is in fact just as much white as he is black, in fact he should be considered more of a white person since he was raised by a white family. His mother is white, and his biological father is black. Half and half does not equal african american. Barack Obama makes Wayne Brady look like Malcolm X.

    November 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Corey Wolak

    We all knew Obama was worried about how to treat terrorist when he said to consider their rights, now he has hired one as chief of staff. Rahm has connections to Israeli terrorist. Way to go Obama, at least Bush worried about getting rid of the terrorist. I cant imagine what he will do next, maybe Obama will invited Bin Laden to dinner at the white house.

    November 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Still Beaming

    What??? A president that's actually gonna communicate with the American people??? Now that's putting "Country First". Obama haters...sit down.

    November 6, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. IowaMom

    Obama Victim: Did you look look at the numbers or read why they fell? Several reasons, retail sales, job loss, etc. The market did not just fall for the first time in the last two days!

    November 6, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. L.O.

    @ Obama victim : You are blaming the market fall on Obama...how stupid is that? Bush and his idiot cronies engineered the whole thing. Who do you think runs Wall St? the Democrats?

    What we have up there is a bunch of sour grapes losers who had great plans for looting this country but have gotten a dose of their own medicine instead. I hope you lose your shirt!

    November 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. INDEPENDENT NOW

    ALL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT PEOPLE. WE PAY THESE ELECTED OFFICALS, THEY SHOULD ALL BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL THEY DO. WE JUST HAVENT BEEN VOCAL ENOUGH! HAD THE NEWS MEDIA BEEN A LITTLE MORE VOCAL AND CONFRONTATIONAL WITH BUSH, MAYBE WE WOULDNT BE IN THIS MESS. LETS HOLD THEM ALL ACCOUNTABLE FROM NOW ON. ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS AND DEMAND ANSWERS. OBAMA YOUR ON WATCH. ALL SENATORS CONGRESS PELOSI REID ALL OF YOU ARE ON WATCH....

    November 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. change is in the air

    lmao @ the market falling over the last two days!!!
    UUMMMMM....where have you been for the days prior to that? apparently under a rock, because this man is not even in office yet and you want to blame him!?!?
    the economy yesterday, today, and for many days to come is the direct result of THE PARTY THAT HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR 8 YEARS...
    they now have a real leader to go behind and clean up after our not so lovely nor smart President Bush!

    November 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    I can see President-elect Obama do really mean business.

    November 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. hugh ~ california

    PATIENCE EVERYONE IN THE BLOGISHERE! HELP IS ON THE WAY

    November 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Joe-6-Pack

    I just applied for a job.

    November 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Brain in DC

    Wow!

    Wow for being forward looking. GOP is still looking backward to figure out who caused their loss!

    Wow for continuing to use 21st century technology, using the web as means of communication.

    Wow for understanding the importance of communication with the people.

    Wow for moving forward at the speed of electrons. This has had to be planned for some time. Doesn't happen in a day or two.

    Simply, WOW

    November 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. J. McCane

    Allen you are the weakest link go back to your Trailer and have a beer right now we don't need to hear you. Thanks

    November 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. gubbyiscool

    President ZEROOOOOOOOO

    Now it's my turn to mock, bash, and demonize him as you have done
    you stupid DEMS.

    Nice to see lots of delusional OBOTS here patting yourselves for electing this boob coz y'all are boobs. Right now America's enemies are happy to see a weak leader in Obummer, and I will laugh with them and point to all of you and I wish you to all burn baby burn!!!

    November 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Ourkie.

    You loser Republicans..if you have a problem with Obama as president leave the country. You have run the show for eight years and left things in ruins....so if you can't stand the change...get out!

    November 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. A WISE AMERICAN

    SONG FOR THESE SEASON...BY AUTHOR UNKNOWN

    Sing to the tune of Obama,
    Sing to the tune of Victory,
    Now comes the next called transition,
    That's what we call the time for Postion,
    And then it is the time for Decision,
    What a great way to start solving our problems,
    Here are the troubles, there are the quarrels,
    Here are the troubles, there are the accounts,
    Get the guns ready, Get the pens ready,
    Here we go for 4 more years,
    Some are satisfied, while others are not,
    Now lets hope for the best for all.
    God Bless America,
    My Sweet Home.

    November 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Ready 4 change in VA

    A special note to those posters that are not supportive of our President-Elect . . . please get a grip. Just in case you didn't notice, the election was over on Tuesday. HOPE won over prejudice, division and fear. So if you have any wonderful commentary or ideas . . . GIVE THEM TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. I hear they are looking to revitalize their party and need a new identity . . . a new path.

    November 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. ignant

    JOE MAMA OBAMA, you are right. why does everyone call him african american??? Thats like calling Micheal Jackson white eventhough his parents are black. Hilarious how blacks think they have a black man in office. I guess whites should be jumping for joy since the white house still houses a white president! lmao

    November 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. tt

    you are the man!!!

    November 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. vahe

    nice idea

    November 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Still Beaming

    Well said Aaron G.

    November 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Kim, Ohio

    I hope President Obama's presidency will not be a constant witchhunt. If I see the GOP contantly try to sabotash our future I will personally start an organization that will make sure they will never get back into the white house. I know many people will join. The GOP is old and tired. Come into the futre, then maybe I will vote again for the Republican candidate.

    November 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. J J

    You people bash the Bush admin for individuals being power hungry, guess what they are politicians they are ALL POWER HUNGRY AND LIARS!

    November 6, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Sharon

    President Obama I couldn't be more proud or happy for you and VP Biden. I am so glad to have supported you and I will continue to do so. Thank you for sticking to your promise of transparency!!!

    November 6, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Red State Republican who voted for CHANGE!

    Great job President-Elect Obama. The government is by the people, and for the people. This is a great step forward from the last 8 years of going backwards!

    November 6, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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