Changing the President’s Site

 

The U.S. Presidency may be an historic office, with great continuity across centuries, but the official White House website, WhiteHouse.gov, is very personalized.

In the span of a few moments, around 12:00 noon on 20 January 2017, the Whitehouse.gov site went from looking like this

 

to the “new” White House site.

Most, if not all, of the content in the White House site from the Barack Obama administration has been removed.  In effect, the Presidential website is starting over.    The Washington Post published a same-day article on the site transition.

Fear not — much of the content is preserved, one way or another, in an array of forms and repositories.  For more information, see this University Library U.S. Presidents: Sites and Documents guide.

If you have questions (or suggestions), please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

 

Presidential Addresses

 

President Barack Obama’s farewell address now belongs to the ages and Donald Trump’s inaugural address waits in the wings.

Did you know that George Washington delivered the shortest inaugural address of any U.S. president?  You can find out who was responsible for the lengthiest and read all of the presidential inaugural and farewell addresses in a site maintained by the University of California (Santa Barbara) — inaugural addresses and farewell addresses.

W&L’s benefactor, George Washington, also delivered the most famous farewell address (1796) and the University Library has just acquired a revealing new book that focuses on our first president’s parting words in office.   It is the latest of several books about this eloquent speech.