Obama's new 'Change.gov'

It would seem that President-Elect Barack Obama has already started to usher in change. Today marks the launch of a new website which seems to have the goal of merging the gap between citizen and government.

The website contains a newsroom, blog, and even a section entitled 'agenda', under which lists several sections to browse through the various issues of importance. Selecting one will show what the government of Obama/Biden intend to do and how they intend to do it. There is also a section of the website called the 'American Moment' where visitors may post their concerns, opinions, and hopes for the future.

Change.gov offers a unique way of having citizens become involved in the political system of their country, it is still fairly new and thus we'll have to wait to measure its success.

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Wow, Obama and Biden are such "Mavericks". I hope people will become more color-blind now and realize he is just another politician. The "Obama youth" and crazy adult adulation should be be documented ala "Triumph of the Will". It's scary to watch. Oh well, maybe he can get the airlines to fly on time like Mussolini did for the trains in Italy.

I think if there's anything that this thread demonstrates, it's that people who voted for McCain did so out of fear; those who voted for Obama did so out of hope. That's the fundamental difference. In the current economic situation and world political stage on which we find ourselves, I feel the latter is much more proactive than the former.

Fear of what Obama stands for, yes. I didn't vote for McCain in the primarily. I would have rather voted for someone else but wasn't going to vote for someone with an incredibly short and messed up record and just "hope" he changes his direction. I tend to vote with my brain, not my heart.

tbcarey said,
I think if there's anything that this thread demonstrates, it's that people who voted for McCain did so out of fear; those who voted for Obama did so out of hope. That's the fundamental difference. In the current economic situation and world political stage on which we find ourselves, I feel the latter is much more proactive than the former.

It couldn't ever be because we disagreed with his policies. That's impossible.

I guess disagreement = fear?

I personally did not vote for Obama but now that it's over I'm relieved. I just think that people who are saying change is in the air are jumping the gun a bit. Only time will tell if he lives up to his word or not. In the end he's still a politician.

ermax said,
Fear of what Obama stands for, yes.


Yes, that's precisely what I mean. There is a fear that any action which does not maintain the status quo will have negative repercussions, without taking heed of the tremendously difficult problems we face at the moment, many of which have arisen due to the current adminsitration's follies. In dire times like this (also taking into account that the last Democratic administration left us with a budget surplus) it is my belief that seeking change, rather than similar policy, is the way forward.

I didn't vote for McCain in the primarily. I would have rather voted for someone else but wasn't going to vote for someone with an incredibly short and messed up record and just "hope" he changes his direction. I tend to vote with my brain, not my heart.


In the 'primarily'? Interesting. In any event, I can't see how the alternative of McCain and Palin was much better. The previous lack of change aside, Sarah Palin's significantly short and shockingly poor track record as regards most policy (and simple geographic knowledge) didn't exactly inspire confidence.

In the end, the American people spoke, and I'm glad that many of them voted with their slightly more analytical brains, despite your attempts to belittle their reasoning.

Hahaha. I meant, primary. Must have been a typo that go fixed up by the spell checker.

Anyways, change can be good but the change Obama wants isn't. I am not just talking about his tax policies. You ether have difficulty thinking "analytically" or you haven't done the slightest bit of research. BTW, watching the boob tube isn't research. I guess you are saying the voting for "hope" is analytical?

It was only in the voting booth that I decided to vote for my President-Elect Barack Obama. And so far, I love it. You suppose he would let a 30 year old like me join his Civilian Military?. I understand African-Americans (Or, Americans as I call them) are proud; but I voted for him because I was pretty sure he would make things better.

I hope I'm right.

When do we get the billboards with Obama's portrait all over the place like you see in all those other great countries like China, Venezuela, Korea and Russia?

Check out this incredibly scary radio interview with Obama from 2001:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOtdbqjDHJI

This may be hard for some of the Kool Aid drinkers to comprehend but basically he says he hates the way our forefathers structured our government. He hates the checks and balances. The interview will shed some light on what Obama considers "Fundamental Change".

ermax said,
When do we get the billboards with Obama's portrait all over the place like you see in all those other great countries like China, Venezuela, Korea and Russia?

Check out this incredibly scary radio interview with Obama from 2001:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOtdbqjDHJI

This may be hard for some of the Kool Aid drinkers to comprehend but basically he says he hates the way our forefathers structured our government. He hates the checks and balances. The interview will shed some light on what Obama considers "Fundamental Change".

WOW... bigotry at its best (worst).

Care to elaborate? Probably not because you have nothing logical to add. I bet you didn't even listen to the recording did you?

ermax said,
Care to elaborate? Probably not because you have nothing logical to add. I bet you didn't even listen to the recording did you?

Sure, referring to "Kool Aid drinkers" is "code" for African Americans and therefore bigotry. Hope that's clear enough.

TRC said,
WTF, no it's not. Where did you come up with that nonsense?

Here, this is where the phrase originates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool-Aid#.22D...the_Kool-Aid.22

/facepalm

I haven't heard that phrase used in that manner before. I don't think its too hard to understand why I thought he was being a bigot. If you can't see that then I pity you. I do apologize to the OP if he was using the term to refer to liberal democrats.

hybridr6 said,
I don't think its too hard to understand why I thought he was being a bigot. If you can't see that then I pity you. I do apologize to the OP if he was using the term to refer to liberal democrats.

Oh, I see. You pity me because unlike you I didn't automatically think of something racist when someone mentions Kool-aid.

Yeah...I think I'll just walk away now.

TRC said,
Oh, I see. You pity me because unlike you I didn't automatically think of something racist when someone mentions Kool-aid.

Yeah...I think I'll just walk away now.

Usually people just walk away and dont incite more responses by leaving another comment... but anyway given the topic and previous comments its not a stretch for someone to react like I did. Especially not being aware of the terms other usage. So yea sorry for the BS.

l8r

Anyone that follows politics knows the term "Kool-Aid drinkers". I am far from a bigot. Obama's race has nothing to do with why I don't agree with him.

I don't think it's just America that Obama will be changing. He may have the intentions of making America a great nation again from its own shores, but it's the impact of his appointment that will be felt all over the world. I'm from Belfast, and to be honest the only president that seemed to give a crap was Clinton. He stayed in the Europa Hotel (world's most bombed hotel people) and really got invloved in the peace process here. Not that it made a difference, this country is worse than ever now, economic crisis not withstanding.
The only reason people are scared is because he's a young senator, and dare I even suggest this, who's black. He made a good point in his campaign that judgement is sometimes better than experience. With him being younger, he's got a better opportunity to be able to build America for the future, as he'll be able to communicate with people like me (I'm 28 ) who want to know where they are going to stand in 10 years time (are they going to be debt ridden with a ridiculously high mortgage, is their career going to progress under his policy changes, what standard of living/education will their children have etc).

Personally, I feel Barack's young age mostly appealing. He wouldn't have got to this position this quickly if he didn't have the political skill to do so, so this is no worry to me. He even went against the grain, being black. Then I'm more negative about "family affairs", with e.g. George W Bush. These may or may not push good presidents, but Obama has no such precedent. So I can then only look at his young age as positive -- it's always biologically better to be young. I'm always worried that 70+ year old farts will have too much hampered mental capacity due to their old age. Sure, they have the experience as a plus, but it's undeniable that the brain suffers too.

His age has nothing to do with why people "are scared" as you say. People don't like him because of his unfair biases, his enormous spending plans, and his agenda to systematically strip people of their Constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights. I strongly dislike Obama, and comparing him to myself, he is more than twice my age, so to me his is old just like other politicians. I don't care about the age of politicians just as long as they share my values, which McCain was much closer to doing than Obama.

Look this guy is moving as fast as he can. He is very thoughtful and deliberate. I have never seen a politician in last 40 years that has the traits that Obama has. Not Regean, not Bush, Clinton and Bush 43. Republicans in the couple past decade have always left a mess for incoming Democratic presidents. Bush left us in worse shape then any other past President. Obama is going to be extraordinary president and not just because he is black.

Cool looking website. Good way to let people know what's going on, and hopefully they can improve things in Washington.

That being said, until I see actual progress, it's all rhetoric by just another politician.

Well for once lets hope the new govt stops throwing money around like candy... like they have a credit card with no limit.

warwagon said,
uh we are talking about Obama here lol. Its going to be worse than ever.

You do realize that Clinton created a surplus, right? Bush was the one that completely obliterated that surplus with his ridiculous spending.

gigapixels said,
You do realize that Clinton created a surplus, right? Bush was the one that completely obliterated that surplus with his ridiculous spending.

Yep, and his father went on a spending spree before him. I don't see where people get the idea that Republicans are financially conservative. All they have done in the past 30yrs is spend money on going to war.

There are few things more expensive than going to war.

I forget the figures of how many Space Shuttles I read NASA could launch yearly for the cost of that. :S

dang... the site doesn't render well in IE8....
I've to add it to the "compatibility view" list

I guess some things never change.

my bro just got another 40cal S&W, and trying to stock up on 15 size clips before they get banned. He was thinking of getting an AR-15 rifle before they get banned but doesn't want to drop $900 on it, lol.

I'm not surprised Obama won, not mad, just scared for the future.

Omg. I'm afraid too. What the hell am I gonna do without guns?!?

Living like any other person out there that don't have guns... Oh the horror! It must be almost as bad as living without Neowin

GreenMartian said,
Omg. I'm afraid too. What the hell am I gonna do without guns?!?

Living like any other person out there that don't have guns... Oh the horror! It must be almost as bad as living without Neowin :D

People are buying guns because prices will skyrocket, and those that will have them will be literally sitting on a goldmine. People want to gobble them up in case they are banned, that's the only 'fear' involved in any of this. But this will only be for the more typically restricted types of weapons, such as the AR-15 which was mentioned above. Get it?

yeah...there are Brave people who will fight for what they have..and then there are others that 'Sleep with the Enemy'

39 Thieves said,
People are buying guns because prices will skyrocket, and those that will have them will be literally sitting on a goldmine. People want to gobble them up in case they are banned, that's the only 'fear' involved in any of this. But this will only be for the more typically restricted types of weapons, such as the AR-15 which was mentioned above. Get it?


Florida residents, who understand that Barack Obama is against the second amendment, are buying guns before it becomes a crime under an Obama administration.
http://mpinkeyes.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/...ama-presidency/

Get it?

I was a cop for 10 years so just keep denying the the gun issue 39. I'm not saying that we should adopt the wild west way again but you are safer with than without. No more posts on this topic for this ignorant hillbilly racist.

at the very least, obama/biden team is more consistent in their approach than mccain/palin. i'd say after 8 years of bush, obama deserves a chance (more so than mccain) to see if he can walk the walk...it's more like after 8 years of republican gov't giving democratic ones a chance.

wish him the best. world leaders are betting on it too.

Cheez... bookmark this new!... thats similar to what Chavez did back in '98 when he won the presidency. just that instead of a site he aired a political tv show named "Alo (Hello) President"! ...was an 800 number and pple used to call and talk bout any kind of trouble.... nowadays, there's still the same political tv show but no calls and it last minimum 6 hours (sometimes a lot more) live of pure communist bull**** and crap.
Be careful US with this things... communism is not a game! we're fighting for about 10 years against it but is not that easy once is installed. If Obama becomes too friendly with Chavez you know whats next. (sorry bout my really crappy English)...

I like the concept behind this site, but I must say I'm skeptical of its actual value. I submitted my "vision" for the country - though I really doubt any of my thoughts will be considered (or even read by anyone), as I happen to disagree with Obama on several points.

I agree with Obama that our country needs a change - its when he talks about "fundamental change" that I get worried. What is it that is fundamentally wrong with our country? Fundamentally, we are still the same country that our fore-fathers imagined, the same country that has come through hardship and adversity, through good and bad economic times, through war and peace, and through everything has shown a resilience and resolve beyond that of any country in recent history.

markjensen said,
Fundamental change? Like being a member of the world, rather than a bully?

Stuff like that.

First off, how about you look at how much money and man-power our country spends on medical, financial, and physical aid around the world. Hardly a bully. And if you're referring to Iraq, the people there were being murdered by the hundreds of thousands by a dictatorship that we removed. Are you saying they would have been better off if we had left them alone?

Besides, changing diplomatic policy is a policy change, not a fundamental change to the country. Changing the US from a capitalist society to a socialist one - where more faith is put in the power of our country's government than the strength of its citizens - that's the kind of change I'm afraid Obama means.

I'm trying to be optimistic, but I'm just not sure how our country's problems can be fixed by turning it into an Obama-nation...

If anyone watched "The Wire" I have a feeling its going to be just like when Tommy' Carcetti became mayor. How he promised change change change. Then got into office and realized just how bad the school system was ****ed up. Now i'm not saying it will be the school system. But it will be something.

Change feels wonderful, doesn't it? Having half our money stripped away to be wasted by the US Government. Allowing the slaughter of innocent babies. Removing freedom of speech for those who don't agree with you. Can't wait -- change we "need".

Heck, like I heard recently, September 11th was a pretty big change. It just wasn't a "good" change.

I'll always be proud I voted for McCain. I have a great feeling that those who voted for Obama will (eventually) see they've been sorely deceived by who this man says he is and the change he acts like he's bringing that's "good".

Justin- said,
Change feels wonderful, doesn't it? Having half our money stripped away to be wasted by the US Government. Allowing the slaughter of innocent babies. Removing freedom of speech for those who don't agree with you. Can't wait -- change we "need".

Heck, like I heard recently, September 11th was a pretty big change. It just wasn't a "good" change.

I'll always be proud I voted for McCain. I have a great feeling that those who voted for Obama will (eventually) see they've been sorely deceived by who this man says he is and the change he acts like he's bringing that's "good".

mccain and sarah palin sure are winners
i mean..palin didnt know africa was a country...cmon
incompetent team right there..if they cant communicate and run a campaign..how are they gonna run a country
and mccain..losing his temper and looking like hes gonna explode during that last debate..lol..yeah real good vote
no wonder he lost SO BAD

Neoauld said,
palin didnt know africa was a country...cmon


I agree with her. Africa is not a country (and never was a country)!

Express said,
I agree with her. Africa is not a country (and never was a country)!

Despite what Neoauld said, she thought Africa is a country - she was unaware it is a continent.

And Biden thought there were TVs and that FDR was President in 1929. He also told a person in a wheelchair to stand up...

asmodeus said,
Despite what Neoauld said, she thought Africa is a country - she was unaware it is a continent.


Yea the conservatives vote for people "dumb like me" and people they can "have a beer with."

I hate to break it to you, but Africa IS NOT A COUNTRY. Africa IS A CONTINENT with many countries on it. If you don't know that, you should not be voting.

I have never felt more confident about a presidential candidate in my life. Ever. I've never even felt the urge to vote before Barack, because I have never liked the candidates, trusted them, and most importantly, believed in them. I'm 25 years old, and Nov. 4th, 2008 was the first time I've ever voted. Not only did I feel like I've done the right thing, I felt RELIEVED. I hope I've done the right thing for everyone, not just myself. Please, Barack, keep the security and safety of the American people your first and only priority. The Hollywood mish-mash of bull****ting, name-calling, scandals and mudslinging is over. WE can't afford another letdown.

rdburke said,
The shag carpeting and black velvet paintings were being ordered for the "Big House" (renamed) as you were voting.

Is it hard going through life an ignorant hillbilly racist?

39 Thieves said,
Is it hard going through life an ignorant hillbilly racist?

I'm not sticking up for rdburker, but calling others ignorant hillbillies is a slur. To criticize others as racists when your own comments reflect a deep form of bigotry is the basest form of hypocrisy.

ispamforfood said,
ugh..... God help us.

Nope, he ignored you for the last 8 years. Why mess with an improvement?

Joel said,
Nope, he ignored you for the last 8 years. Why mess with an improvement?

he ignores the ppl who vote for bush and mccain
those ppl that are stuck in the early 1900's

TRC said,
Yes. Save us from the whiny crybabies like ispamforfood, please!

I see no whining or crying in this post, so maybe you should get your head out of your arse and mind your p's and q's

Because tracking a candidate/President in his efforts to meet the promises he made is somehow a bad idea, worthy of scorn and derision?

ispamforfood said,
I see no whining or crying in this post, so maybe you should get your head out of your arse and mind your p's and q's

More tears? Go take a nap, you'll feel better.

Does every post that you make have to be padded with a thick level of self-stroking arrogance? You must have a real self-esteem problem if you can't have a discussion with someone without trying to belittle them.

Looks like the site devs were working on this site for quite some time.
I wouldn't expect anyone to built a new site so quickly.
Some of the files on the site have 24 October as the last modified date.

Express said,
Looks like the site devs were working on this site for quite some time.
I wouldn't expect anyone to built a new site so quickly.
Some of the files on the site have 24 October as the last modified date.

Oh yeh, I'm sure they've been working on it for quite some time