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Updated 4:03 p.m.
By Jose Antonio Vargas and Sarah Cohen
For the second time in American history, the president's online portal switched owners.

Gone are the photographs of former president George W. Bush, which were posted until noon today. At 12:01 p.m. -- the exact moment the government officially changed hands -- began to serve the online vision and agenda of President Obama.

According to the site's first blog post, written by Macon Phillips, a veteran of Obama's campaign and now the White House's new media director, "will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world."

The top three priorities of the site, Phillips wrote, are "communication," "transparency" and "participation" -- buzz words in online social networking circles. Visually, the site is a close cousin of campaign-era and presidential transition portal And just as Obama used YouTube during his 21-month campaign and nearly three-month transition, so will The site added a YouTube channel shortly after Obama took office.

"By bringing the White House on to YouTube just moments after the inauguration, the Obama administration has demonstrated a commitment to a transparent government that connects directly with citizens," said Steve Grove, YouTube's head of news and politics.

Among other new features, now makes this pledge: it will post all non-emergency legislation online for five days, allowing the public to review and comment on proposed laws before Obama signs them.

Here's what the site looked like before noon:

And after 12:01 p.m:

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 20, 2009; 12:24 PM ET
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Trying to comment to Bushie, only PROVED that the lights were on;

But, NOBODY was Home! :-(

Truth though, I found out recently that MOST Representatives have their aides pile up similar comments, and only when the vast majority of Sheeple are Bleating the same tripe;

Do THEY ever read any of it!

Exceptions- Mitt Romney, John Cornyn, John Carter(R-Round Rock), and maybe some others who I did not try to communicate with, but who also might have commented back!

It Bites having a 135 IQ, and being ignored for the Sheeple Masses! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 20, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

On another thread, a rabid Bush hater is claiming that Chief Justice Roberts affirmatively TRIED to trip up Obama on the oath -- VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY here we go again -- any of you here concur in that opinion?

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

P.S. even George Walker Bush got it right (no pause after his name):

Can we get back the old Web page?

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, it really is sad that you, and others like you in this time of great difficulty for many in America in several regards, choose to try and invalidate or mock the renewed spirit of cooperation and yes, hope.

In case you didn't notice America is in dire straits.

You and others like you are what is wrong with America.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 20, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Was that oath even legal?! "... that I do execute the Office of President, faithfully ..." LOL!

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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