If you just can’t get enough of the goings and doings of President Barack Obama, can’t wait for the blog posts, Twitter tweets, Washington whispers or even the newspaper and magazine stories about the U.S. chief executive, now there’s help. You can sign up for e-mails from the president. He sent his first one Wednesday. It’s hardly a window on the inner workings of the White House but it is a new way to communicate.
“My staff and I plan to use these messages as a way to directly communicate about important issues and opportunities, and today I have some encouraging updates about health care reform,” wrote in his first message, also posted here. “The Vice President and I just met with leaders from the House of Representatives and received their commitment to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill by July 31.”
He ended the note with,
and then added a postscript:
“P.S. If you’d like to get more in-depth information about health reform and how you can participate, be sure to visit http://www.HealthReform.gov”
It’s not like Obama’s been under wraps. He traveled to Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday to deliver a commencement speech at Arizona State University. He heads for Indiana to give a graduation speech at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend on Sunday — where protests against Obama’s stance on abortion and stem cell research are expected. And today, there’s a town hall meeting at Rancho Rio High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This administration seems to communicate constantly, but presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs apparently draws the line at ringing cellphones in the White House briefing room.