That site even works alright for those of us who have progressed to the mobile web. Obama has brought a new approach toward working with the government, but the question remains whether he can change the government's approach toward working for the nation.
If access to trivialities is the change you were looking for then you got the right man for the job. That web site is like the hot chick in the magic show: something to distract your attention while the switch is made.
It remains to be seen how effective at changing things and what kinds of changes he'll make, but I'm encouraged that he at least embraces technology, and give him the benefit of the doubt at his transparency.
The thing I like about this is that it's going to be that much harder for the next guy to roll stuff back.
There's even a bit of a tweak here since it was Cheney's secret meeting with all the energy panjandrums that really set the tone for that administration. I mean, it took subpoenas and years to even find out who attended.
Messrs. Bush and Cheyney have set the frickin' bar so low that there's really not much that Obama can do that won't be a refreshing change. Just having a president who can speak in complete compound sentences and who actually knows what the hell he's talking about makes me so happy. The fact that he, or his staff, actually understands technology and how to use it makes this little liberal engineer even more happy.
I know that you're trying really hard to stay cynical t8d but you're just not going to be able to kill my buzz.
I'm completely cynical, and happy at the same time. There's way too much Obama worship for my taste in a lot of places, and that fires up my countermeasures since he's just a man trying to do some good, and not some kind of god that so many people think he is. The administration picks haven't wowed me, but then I realize that in order to change how government does it's business he needs to start with people can operate aggressively in the old system. To the critics, and myself, it seems to be a bit like Clinton 2.0, but I do think I have an idea of what his plan is. I'm looking forward to when he actually starts establishing policy. Then we'll see what kind of administration we have.
The change.gov site is great just because it provides just a little more transparency to the government. To me it's saying "hey, this is some of the stuff we're doing for you, and this is how it works." This is completely opposite of the current administration's "hey, you elected us, now fuck off and leave us alone. We know what's best, and you're going to like it. Even if you don't, you're along for the ride, so SHUT THE FUCK UP."
octothorpe & chewatadistance: I mean this completely. You go ahead with your enthusiasm and enjoy it to the fullest. Make the most of the good feeling you're enjoying now. I'll try not to get in the way for a while.
@ trinity8: I don't worship Obama. I don't think he is perfect. I don't think he will make zero mistakes and save the universe from all problems.
I do think he is grounded and will LISTEN and SEE what is going on at home and outside our borders and be DIPLOMATIC and realistic about how we relate to others.
That being said, it's a damn welcome change from "it's hard work" and 100% regime assholery of the last 8 years. So yeah. I'm pretty fucking happy right now. Piss on it all you want. I think it's a good thing he's in office, and no amount of shitting on it will change my mind.