Obama Quickly Takes Over White House Site

Wasting little time, Whitehouse.gov is taken over by President Barack Obama only seconds after the 44th president is sworn into office. The first post: Change has come to Whitehouse.gov.

President Barack Obama's transition team wasted little time taking over the White House Web site, switching over from former President Bush's site within seconds of Obama's swearing in. The first post to the site was from Macon Phillips, the director of New Media for the White House, who wrote, "Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov."

Phillips, who said he will be a regular contributor to the White House blog, said the new site will serve as a place for the president and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world.

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"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," Phillips wrote in the 12:01 p.m. EST Jan. 20 post.

"WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement."
Phillips said the initial new media efforts will center around communication, transparency and participation. According to the site, Obama's executive orders and proclamations will be published for review, and all nonemergency legislation will be posted to Whitehouse.gov for review and comment at least five days before the President signs it.
"Americans are eager for information about the state of the economy, national security and a host of other issues," Phillips wrote. "This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated."
Phillips said video and the full text of Obama's inaugural address will be posted to the site later on Jan. 20, along with slideshows of the inaugural events and the Obamas' move into the White House.