Change Comes—To The White House Web Site


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Media General News Service
Published: January 20, 2009

It didn’t take long for change to come to the White House Web site.

Shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, debuted with a new look.

Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House, promised efforts to “expand and deepen this online engagement.” He cited three goals: to communicate, to be transparent and to seek participation. To that end, Phillips said all non-emergency legislation would be published on the Web site and would remain there for five days to allow for public review and comment before the president signs it.

A panel at the top of the home page features large photographs that highlight some of the site’s features, including a section on the economy and an area to discuss Obama’s call for citizens to engage in public service.

Regular features about the White House and the branches of government, a mainstay in the past, have been retooled and remain on the Web site.

A form on the site has been added for feedback.


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