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OFF THE PLATE: JANUARY 2009

First 100 Days: The New WhiteHouse.gov

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(Jan. 22, 2009)—On Jan. 20, 2009, as millions of people around the world watched President Obama’s Inauguration as the 44th U.S. President, propagating on the Internet was a brand new platform for communication and information sharing: the new WhiteHouse.Gov.

In keeping with the technologically savvy Obama-Biden campaign, the Oval Office is enabling feedback, vis-à-vis its own blog while making the homepage a portal to topics relating to the economy, energy and the environment and the Obama’s administration commitment to public service.

“Millions of Americans have powered President Obama’s journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country’s future,” says Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House. “WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration’s efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement.”

Phillips says the new Web site will center on three main priorities: communication, transparency–where Obama strives to make his administration the most open and transparent Presidential administration ever–and participation, as Obama stays trues to the values that drove him as a community organizer.

Phillips, who will also be one of the main moderators for the WhiteHouse.gov blog, encourages participants to offer any feedback or suggestions on making this new platform an effective forum for change.

You can visit or subscribe to the WhiteHouse.gov blog here ».

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