Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Two Noteworthy Netroots Points from the New White House Website

The Obama Administration's website has now replaced that of the Bush Administration at whitehouse.gov, and there are two noteworthy points on the White House blog. One concerns transparency:
President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President's executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government.
The second is a deliberate reference to Obama's community organizing background to draw out the idea of participation:
President Obama started his career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.
I hope that he will submit any "signing statement" drafts (George W. Bush misused and abused signing statements) to the same participatory feedback process.

1 comment:

  1. If true, can't complain about that.
    Doing so will protect Obama from the FUX News spin machine. It shows he has nothing to hide. Exactly what a gov't should be.

    Smart move. Now if his balls would just drop we might get some justice in this country.