Obama gives WhiteHouse.gov an interactive spin

The Obama administration relaunched the White House Web site today, adding a blog and several new features to make it more interactive.

At 12:01 p.m., Macon Phillips, director of new media for the White House, posted the first entry for the new blog at www.whitehouse.gov. Visitors can sign up for an RSS feed and e-mail updates and can provide feedback by filling out a form on the Web site.

Administration officials also plan to post non-emergency legislation online for five days so the public can review and comment before the president signs it.

The site is intended to deepen the administration’s engagement with the American people, and it will play a major role in delivering on Obama’s promise of transparency in government, Phillips wrote in the blog.

The Web site includes factual information about the U.S. government, the White House and the Obama administration. It also features a rundown of Obama’s policy statements on the economy, energy, health, homeland security, technology and other issues.

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Reader comments

Mon, Feb 23, 2009 Jim D New Jersey

It is my opinion the Recovery& Reinvestment act will not work. When it fails it will be Bush's fault, according to everyone in this administration.We have already heard comments to this effect

Wed, Jan 28, 2009 Arlene Drabek MPLS, MN

I want President Obama to stand firm and push his Recovery Package through Congress. He must remember the American people overwhelmingly support him and his ideas. No time for obstruction by partisan politics. The President has given Republicans every opportunity to help in passing the Recovery Package our country so desperately needs. The tax cuts are" old thought" stimulus of Republicans. It has been proven they do not work. No more tax cuts. Enough concessions, I fear Republicans will vote against the Recovery anyway. It is time to be firm and help the American people. People are getting desperate and ready to give up as evidenced in family violence and death we read about each day.We need hope. In MPLS we have a 93yr old man who froze in his own home because he could not pay his bills. I am 100% behind the Recovery(Stimulus) Program. Any way I can help I am willing to do so. EG contacting Congress.Thank you for offering Americans this site.

Tue, Jan 27, 2009

Remember Government FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE. Of course we should have more impact and influence on whether the President signs a bill. What are you, Republican ?? The days of hiding what you are doing behind the curtain is GONE FOREVER, I hope.

Thu, Jan 22, 2009 GW

This is a great start. I just hope someone reads the comments and if plausible, take action on the ones that make sense.

Wed, Jan 21, 2009 Jay Morin MA

Here here Mr Morris. This is a good start. Welcome to the digital age American Government. We've been waiting for you to come to the party.

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