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. J J

    Boise, ID November 6th, 2008 2:23 pm ET

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

    Yes because I am sure he is the webmaster....NOT

    November 6, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    To those people who say the world is happy that we have a weak president, I suggest you look at the last eight years. No one in a position of leadership in this world believes that Pres. Bush is strong, especially not as pertains to intelligence. I'm not bashing, that's just the way it is. He is also aggressive (see the Bush Doctrine) and that freaks out other countries. President-Elect Obama is not seen as weak, on the contrary, he is seen as a strong leader with a superior intellect and an ability to reason. Plus, think about this – if you are a young impoverished Muslim with only one option available, to join al-Qaeda, wouldn't you hesitate a bit to condemn a man who's middle name may be the same as yours? Someone who, on the face of it, does not seem to represent the white devil of western civilization? Of course, Barack Obama is American and does represent our nation, but he may not seem as offensive to those who already hate us and have for years. Just something to think about.

    November 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Greg in MN

    Wow...Obama is one smart man! Keep the good ideas from the race and put them to use as President.

    I couldn't wait for it to be Nov. 4th. Now I can't wait for Jan. 20th!!!

    November 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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