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Deaf Claque is Back: Obama Administration Resources

By Nathan Schmitt

Inauguration 01.20.2009

With the dawn of a new administration and an exciting new political atmosphere, the Deaf Claque will again start to be updated regularly.

I’d like to start by providing a few new resources that I believe had enormous potential to be incredibly informative and will hopefully encourage genuine political discourse:

1. White House Blog: This is the newly established blog for the White House. Its priorities are as follows:

Communication: This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated.

Transparency: The President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review.

Participation: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it” (1)

2. State Department Blog: Statement of purpose: offers the public an alternative source to mainstream media for U.S. foreign policy information. This blog offers the opportunity for participants to discuss important foreign policy issues with senior Department officials” (2)

3. Congress’ Daily Digest: Congress’ Daily Digest provides a daily summary of the events of congress and is, of course, updated at the end of each day. It is separated into two parts: the House and the Senate. This is not RSS subscribable but hopefully it will be soon.

4. Speaker of the House’s Blog (Pelosi): For a more detailed look at the House. Updated multiple times daily by both Karina Newton (Pelosi’s Director of New Media) and Speaker Pelosi.

This seems to be a huge step in the right direction and though this is still a new direction, I hope the Obama Administration’s focus on transparency and public accountability is developed and utilized to its full potential. The Judiciary has yet to update its website but hopefully this will take place soon.

If you’re interested in learning how to stay informed with minimal effort let me know and I’ll show you how to set up a blog newsfeed so the news you want comes to you instead of having to search it out (this is mostly for my friends around these geographical parts).

January 22, 2009 - Posted by | 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Department of State, General Discourse, Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Nathan Schmitt, Senate, The Media, White House


  1. I just wanted to throw this out there but is there any reason that a reasonable person would read a blog by Pelosi?

    For any reason?

    In my opinion, Pelosi and Reid are the two worst things about the current Congress. Pelosi alone would have won previously but there was that whole Bush/Cheney thing beating her out.

    Comment by scyo | January 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ya i think there’s good reason to. If you look at the content i think you’ll find that it’s not a positional blog but rather a resource blog. It’s purpose is to serve the speaker of the house in disseminating information about the goings-on in congress, at which it does a very good job.

    Secondly, even if it were a positional/personal blog, i don’t think it’s valid to argue that we should be uninformed about the actions of someone with such broad power by virtue alone of her incompetence.

    Comment by nschmitt | January 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. True.

    I have yet to look at that specific blog. I’m still browsing some of the others that you linked so I didn’t actually know what the content was on her blog.

    If it were a positional blog, I agree with your sentiments but my problem with Pelosi is that with some of the stupid things that she’s said and done as a politician I’m surprised that no one has protested to get her out or voted her out.

    Comment by scyo | January 22, 2009 | Reply

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