44: The Obama Presidency



New Media

Antiwar Protesters Take to White House Facebook Page

By Garance Franke-Ruta On Monday, they staged a protest to deliver petitions to the White...

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Secret Service Probing Facebook Poll on Obama

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated, officials said Monday.

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (297)

Glenn Beck: McCain Would Have Been Worse Than Obama

"John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama," Beck told Couric. He also said that he might have cast his vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton rather than McCain if he had been faced with a choice between those two.

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (42)

New Book Recalls the Image-Making of Obama's Campaign

Designing Obama from mas / menos on Vimeo. By Garance Franke-Ruta After the passionate criticisms...

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 01:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Tweeted and Deleted: Obama Rebukes Kanye West

By Garance Franke-Ruta President Obama called musician Kanye West a "jackass" during an interview Monday...

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM ET | Comments (24)

Web Wits Target Joe Wilson With New Site

Updated 4:11 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta Remember BarackObamaisyournewbicycle.com, the single-serving blog by Mathew Honan that...

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 10:29 AM ET | Comments (21)

Amid Privacy Concerns, White House Shuts Down Health-Care Tip Line

By Garance Franke-Ruta Following complaints from Republicans, the White House has shut down a two-week-old...

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 04:14 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama's CIO Hopes to Unjar Internet Cookies

The practice using cookies, which has been controversial because of concerns over user privacy, is being revisited by the nation's Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, as part of the administration's push to revise the Web and technology policies of federal agencies.

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 02:35 PM ET | Comments (6)

WH Tweets Announcement of Next News Conference

The White House announced today that President Obama will hold a prime-time news conference on...

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Ate Here: The Map

By Garance Franke-Ruta President Obama's dining forays into the District and Northern Virginia have reshaped...

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama in Farsi, on Twitter and WhiteHouse.gov

The White House provides a Farsi-language tweet and transcript of Obama's condemnation of the government of Iran today.

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 06:06 PM ET | Comments (8)

White House Gets Its First Facebook App

The White House new media team moves on from Facebook pages to a Facebook app.

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 05:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

What Do Americans Want? Legal Pot, White House Online Survey Reports

An online opinion survey released by the White House this week ranks legalizing pot, playing online poker and cracking down on Scientologists as key issues.

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 01:20 PM ET | Comments (21)

Live from the White House, a Familiar Town Hall Format

President Obama holds a town hall-style meeting to discuss the economy with about 100 invited...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (106)

Stimulus Applications Could Overwhelm Grants.gov

The first federal casualty of the stimulus bill was identified by the Office of Management and Budget this week when OMB director Peter Orszag told agency heads to plan for a possible meltdown of the government's main grantmaking portal.

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (14)

White House Quietly Adds Vimeo for Video

The Obama administration is using Vimeo as one more tool in its efforts to reach supporters, wherever they may be -- and whatever software they may be using to get there.

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

What Hath Tweet Wrought?

Reporters are used to standing in the backs of rooms, cracking jokes amongst themselves as political personalities go about their business. Now, thanks to Twitter, the whole world can listen in on the press pen.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

White House E-Mail System Goes Down

The server outages have left the president and first lady's offices without e-mail for five hours and counting.

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (9)

The Song of Obama, and Other Inaugural Outtakes

By Garance Franke-Ruta One of the more extraordinary aspects of a mass spectacle in...

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 09:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama's BlackBerry: The Ultimate A-List

In Washington, D.C., nothing will be harder to win a spot on than the list of e-mail addresses allowed to arrive, unimpeded, to President Obama's BlackBerry.

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 08:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

White House Pool Reports to Stay Press Property

Anne E. Kornblut The new White House web site is expected to display many cool...

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (12)

Twitter Stays Afloat

By Garance Franke-Ruta Political technologists joked on Facebook that Obama's inaugural today created such an...

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 09:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

WhiteHouse.gov Turns the Page

For the second time in history, the Internet portal to the White House has changed.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Web Sites Give Calif. Volunteers a Boost

In a sign of how he may marshal the power of the vast online network he built during the campaign, President-elect Barack Obama today gave prominent display on his campaign and transition home pages to efforts to help the victims of wildfires burning across Southern California.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 04:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Agenda Temporarily Off Change.gov

By Philip Rucker President-elect Barack Obama's transition team deleted from its www.change.gov Web site lengthy...

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (8)

On the Web, Change You Can Change Into

Change.com takes readers to a very different site than Change.gov.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Malware Hits Inboxes

An malicious e-mail is taking advantage of new interest in the president-elect.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 07:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Change.gov Is Up and Running

The Obama transition team has its Web site up and running.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 02:07 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Transition Web Site Hits a Glitch

The tech-savvy Obama campaign did not get off to a great start with its new transition Web site.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 12:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Republicans' Betamax Media Strategy

Every week, the Republican Party mails video cassettes of its ads to The Post -- in Betamax.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 07:06 PM ET | Comments (18)

Palin's Sojourn as a Sportscaster

Online freelancers dig up video and facts about Sarah Palin.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (111)

Biden's Web Video Debut as No. 2

Sen. Joe Biden makes his Obama campaign video debut today in a message directed at the ticket's volunteers and donors.

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama's Text: Message Received, With a Few Garbles

By Jose Antonio Vargas It was the text message read 'round the country. But many...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Plans Novel VP Announcement TXT

In a campaign first, Barack Obama announces that he'll announce his vice presidential selection to supporters via text message.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (37)

Rev. Wright and the Return of the Soundbite

A crucial fight is afoot between soundbite politics and soundblast politics. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Pennsylvania Primary Video Webcast

Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com are hosting a live video webcast tonight, anchored by Newsweek's Jon Meacham.

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 07:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Speech Reaches Most-Viewed Status on YouTube

By Jose Antonio Vargas Barack Obama's Philadephia speech on race, posted on the senator's own YouTube channel, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times in less than 24 hours.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Black Commenter, Criticizing Obama, Causes Firestorm

Tavis Smiley leading a town hall at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., April...

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (162)

Dueling Washington GOP Web Sites

By Russ Walker Washington state's GOP chairman may think John McCain is the hands-down winner...

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Out the Vote with Text Messaging

Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on December 19, 2007 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Missed Connections Here

Craigslist founder co-hosts fundraiser for Obama. -- Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on December 10, 2007 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Colbert Clan: 1.2 Million Strong and Counting

Colbert's Facebook fans.

Posted on October 30, 2007 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Right-Wing Facebook

People for the American Way launch site parodying the GOP presidential candidates' on-line efforts.

Posted on October 22, 2007 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Facebook Looking for 1,000,000 Strong for Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert is the candidate of the week on Facebook.

Posted on October 18, 2007 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Forum Questions To Candidates To Be Selected By Vote

Web venture will allow the public to determine the ten questions they want candidates to answer.

Posted on October 17, 2007 at 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Facebook for Friends, Funds

At the moment, Facebook is the big news in online social networking. Google, Microsoft and...

Posted on October 9, 2007 at 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

The GOP YouTube Debate Is Back On

This just in: The Republican CNN/YouTube debate, in limbo for the past few weeks,...

Posted on August 12, 2007 at 09:23 PM ET | Comments (101)

YouTube Creates Issues Debate

New feature allows user to search by hot topics of the day.

Posted on August 8, 2007 at 06:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping Obama Plugged In

CHICAGO: While visiting the Windy City for the Yearly Kos blogapalooza, we stopped by Sen....

Posted on August 7, 2007 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Yearly Kos: CPAC for the Left?

Democrats flock to Chicago to woo liberal bloggers.

Posted on August 2, 2007 at 11:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

YouTube Debate Not Over Yet

That's not all, folks! The Democratic YouTube debate is far from over.

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)


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