January 20th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama unveils new presidential Web site

President Obama's official White House Web site launched during his swearing-in ceremony.

President Obama's official White House Web site launched during his swearing-in ceremony.

(CNN) - In keeping with the theme that swept President Obama into the Oval Office, change has come to the official White House Web site.

Almost at the instant Obama was sworn in, http://www.whitehouse.gov relaunched with a redesign to signal a new era in government. Gone was the staid site of the Bush White House, replaced by a dynamic new site reflective of his tech savvy successor.

The new design includes more interactive features, a prominent photo gallery displayed across the top of the site, the ability to get e-mail updates, and a White House blog. The site's "briefing room" also includes places for a weekly video address, slide shows, proclamations, and executive orders as well as news about nominations and appointments.

Visitors to the site are invited to e-mail the president and his staff, although - perhaps in a nod to the Twittersphere, where brevity is key - comments are limited to 500 characters.

"President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history," states the site's Contact Us page.

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  1. Carol Lee

    Dear President Obama,

    I wish you and your family the best and I am on board to do my part. I am an American Citizen living in Canada. I have always felt blessed to be an American...today I am humbled to be a citizen of a nation that prays and seeks to unite rather than divide! I will keep our leaders in my prayers...God Bless you all..YEA!!! I will live in the US again, and I look forward to that day. For now, economically, I can't afford to move home. I am happy here, but do I ever miss my country...even though it is only 75 miles south. My home town is 2,200 miles away.....so close and yet so far!
    Enduring in the cold,

    January 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Cheyes

    thanks goodness! most government websites look terrible. nice to see that obama has good design sense as well.

    January 20, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Ann Upthegrove

    May God Bless you and your family. Job WELL Done!!! Mr. President

    January 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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