Being the fabulous new media consultant that I am, I noticed on WhiteHouse.gov that the Obama administration took over the website at 12:01 PM today (Obama was technically the president already, even though he hadn’t taken the oath yet) His new media director, Macon Philips, has already posted three blog entries.
As far as transparency is concerned…
…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. You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new administration and about the President’s policy priorities…
Apparently, President Obama will keep his promise of publishing “all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.”
However, please note that one can view his blog posts, but CAN NOT comment directly on entries for the world to see. Commenters have to fill out a private comment form. I just want to know how selective the administration will be about reposting comments on the blog and/or if they will reply directly to commenters. Like we mentioned here before, no space to respond on new media tools implies shady business is happening.
So much for transparency…so far.