WhiteHouse.Gov Gets Makeover After Obama Becomes President, Obama Staff Using Gmail

by DB on January 20, 2009

Change has come! Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States today. What a proud moment for all Americans to witness an African-American in the White House for the first time!

Among the first things that changed after Obama became president was the Whitehouse website – www.whitehouse.gov The newly redesigned official Whitehouse website will be extensively used by President Barack Obama and his administration to “connect with the rest of the nation and the world.” In a blog post Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House, announced that new media efforts will center around three priorities – Communication, Transparency & Participation.

Also in the news is unofficial endorsement of Google’s GMail service by the Obama staff. According to Obama staffer, Reid Cherlin, Obama staffers are using GMail till they get their official Whitehouse.gov email addresses. Cherlin also threw in a word of caution that “any e-mail sent to the Gmail accounts ‘could be forwarded to White House accounts and subject to the Presidential Records Act.’ “

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