Whitehouse.gov Watch

By Dan Froomkin
12:51 PM ET, 01/22/2009

It looks like Obama's technology team has hit a few roadblocks.

Anne E. Kornblut writes in The Washington Post: "Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy yesterday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts.

"What does that mean in 21st-century terms? No Facebook to communicate with supporters. No outside e-mail log-ins. No instant messaging. Hard adjustments for a staff that helped sweep Obama to power through, among other things, relentless online social networking. . . .

"By late evening, the vaunted new White House Web site did not offer any updated posts about President Obama's busy first day on the job. . . .

"No one could quite explain the problem -- but they swore it would be fixed."

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