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For a candidate that is supposed to be as media and web savvy as Barack Obama, it would be nice if the President-soon-to-be-elect would make sure his staffers have their act together. (Since the Electoral College hasn’t made its largely ceremonial selection, the term “President-Elect is technically incorrect for the moment).
Political junkies can get their Obama fix with a new website that has been put up, Change.gov, representing the “Office of the President-Elect”. OPE?
Pretty standard stuff, until one realizes that the site is not only incomplete but it’s been scrubbed of content. Folks wanting to read Obama’s agenda are treated to these two generic paragraphs.
"President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden have developed innovative approaches to challenge the status quo in Washington and to bring about the kind of change America needs.
The Obama Administration has a comprehensive and detailed agenda to carry out its policies. The principal priorities of the Obama Administration include: a plan to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives."
Now that’s the audacity of OPE!
What has been scrubbed however, are Obama’s plans for the economy, urban policy, technology, family, immigration, iraq, taxes, energy and environment, defense, additional issues, women, education and you get the point.
As someone who is kind of concerned about open government, it is a bit worrisome that less than a week after winning an election, a politician is setting about masking his back-trail and erasing his historical stance on public policy issues. Especially when it is being done on what appears to be a government website.
Maybe his staffers are still hungover or stoned from partying last Tuesday. You can't blame them. Or maybe the OPE hasn't gotten around to writing agenda items more palatable to the American public. Or maybe they just don't care.
But anyone who is somewhat familiar with The Google knows there is a handy cache tool, enabling a reporter, blogger, college student, grandmother, semi-sentient great ape or trained barn-yard chicken to hop into the online Way-Back Machine and read the OPE's redacted vision for America's future.
Here are the cached agenda items for Barack Obama's future term in office, as of Nov. 7, 2008.
Urban Policy, technology, family, immigration, Iraq, taxes, energy & environment, poverty, defense, service, additional issues, women, education, civil rights, fiscal, faith, veterans, disabilities, rural, seniors & Social Security.
Extra: Just as humorous for journalist types is the transition team's helpful newsroom contact information. Left blank.
Although if you are a prospective job seeker, there is a handy online form you can fill out, just in case you happen to be a Representative from Washington's First Congressional District...
Trivia: And of course it is a coincidence that the acronym for the Office of the President-Elect, OPE, is the same three letters as the nuclear recall code in Dr. Strangelove...