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Instant change at White House website

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — At precisely 12:01 p.m. ET Tuesday, the White House website , the online bastion of the Bush administration for the past eight years, was updated to reflect President Barack Obama's assumption of office.

“The White House. President Barack Obama,” reads the top of the new home page, which went online even before Obama his finished delivering his first speech. “Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. Change has come to America.”

The site has been redesigned and revamped, although it contains many of the same features and similar historical information as its predecessor.

The new site says it “will be a central part of President Obama's pledge to make his the most transparent and accountable administration in American history.”

The first blog post to the site, written by Macon Phillips, director of new media for the White House, promises video and slide shows of inauguration events, the Obama's move into the presidential residence and the new President's first days in office.

Almost as quickly, the State Department's website got a makeover Tuesday, with a photo of secretary of state-designate Hillary Clinton at her Senate confirmation hearing, along with a transcript of her remarks there, replacing Condoleezza Rice's picture.

Ms. Clinton has not yet been confirmed, but the revamped homepage includes her new motto for the agency: “Diplomacy in Action.”

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