White House to blog about Middle East trip

White House senior staff members will blog about President Bush’s upcoming trip to the Middle East.

Bush leaves today on a weeklong visit to six countries, beginning in Israel with talks in Jerusalem.

Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman, said senior officials including Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Counselor to the President Ed Gillespie and Perino would post periodic updates on whitehouse.gov in a blog called "Trip Notes from the Middle East."

“This is new to us,” she said during a press briefing. “We encourage you to log on and to check back often to read some of the updates that the staff will be posting throughout the trip. So it will be just a little bit of a blog.”

Perino made the first post today — basic introductory comments that include the schedule, Bush’s goals and some background.

Perino said the White House would see how things go before deciding whether this will be a standard part of Bush’s travels.

The White House has not jumped into Web 2.0 as other agencies have. It has hosted online chats with officials and the popular Barney Cam, which shows Bush’s dog. It also has used YouTube to post anti-drug messages. But this is the first White House blog.

Other agencies, including the Library of Congress, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and State Department began blogs in 2007, and the CIA and intelligence community started Intellipedia, a version of Wikipedia, in 2006.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.