Still Yearning for Change? Make Sure the Site Is Right.
If you're looking to track the transition to the Obama administration in real time, make sure you're going to the right Web site. It turns out there are two sites called "Change," and they present vastly different visions of "change we can believe in."
The official site, which the tech-savvy Obama folks got up and running after a bit of a delay, is http:/
Then there's http:/
The latter site is for the Change line of lingerie, beachwear and other corsetry. The products are made with "the finest silks, exclusive embroideries, the softest microfibers and sophisticated laces, sourced from reputable suppliers around the world," according to the page.
Obama's site, meanwhile, features information about the inauguration and the biographies of Obama and Biden, details Obama's policy positions and invites visitors to apply for jobs in the new administration.
This is not the only instance of similar sites related to the president-elect. Obama's campaign Web site, http:/
But our Japanese is a bit rusty, so we relied on a friend to translate. Apparently the site is for a legal office that helps people with personal debt. There are a fair number of loan sharks in Japan and people go into huge debt that they can't pay back. The loan adviser, Hiromi Obama, provides counseling and advice to help people out. The Japanese term is Shiho Shoshi, we're told, which can be translated as "judicial scrivner."
One topic on the Obama Web site is called "Open Government." It appears to be a dead link, but we're nevertheless sure the president-elect is very committed to open government.
An e-mail that was circulated Thursday only reinforces our notion of how open they'll be.
From: Larry Strickling
Date: November 6, 2008 6:58:14 PM EST
To: [policy groups]