Wednesday, November 19, 2008

YOU WANTED CHANGE, HOW ABOUT AN ADMINISTRATION ACTIVELY SEEKING THE PUBLIC'S IDEAS?

This is an e-mail I received from the Obama transistion team, which is ground breaking to be sure....since when did any administration actively seek ideas, input and counsel from the American people? If for no other reason than their innovative use of the internet, the Obama team is changing the way government works, bravo!!
" 62 days. That's how much time we have left to prepare for the Obama-Biden Administration that will bring the change Americans demanded so strongly in this past election. President-elect Obama has set a high bar for the Transition team: to execute the most efficient, organized, and transparent transfer of power in American history.
As a co-Chair for the Transition, I want to tell you about a few steps we've already taken to achieve this goal. First, we adopted the strictest ethics guidelines ever applied to any transition team. President-elect Obama pledged to change the way Washington works, and that begins with shifting influence away from special interests and restoring it to the everyday Americans who are passionate about fixing the problems facing our country.
Opening up the Transition means listening to your ideas and stories and providing a window into how the process works. To give you a look at how we're approaching some of the nation's most pressing issues, we filmed this meeting of our Energy and Environment Policy Transition Team and interviewed team member Heather Zichal.

President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden have set an ambitious agenda, and we are going to make Change.gov a source of information, as well as a place to participate in the decisions being made about your government. Since the decisions we're making affect all Americans, we're counting on citizens from every walk of life to get involved. You can help us right now by making sure your friends and neighbors know about Change.gov and give their input, too. We're continuing to develop new ways to open up the process, and we'll keep you posted along the way." Thanks, John Podesta, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Hmmmm. Turning the entire country into one big think tank - what a concept! I hope they can make it work.

Meanwhile, a friend just forwarded this to me. I'm not sure where it comes from:

"Dear World,

The United States of America, for over 200 years your high-quality supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for its 2001-2008 service outage.

The technical fault that led to this eight-year service interruption has been located, and the parts responsible for it were replaced Tuesday night, November 4.

Early tests of the newly-installed equipment indicate that it is functioning correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional by mid-January.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage, and we look forward to resuming full service --- and hopefully even to improving it in years to come.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

The USA"