Washington, D.C. – In the digital age, many assets must change hands during a presidential transition.
Just moments after President Joe Biden took his oath of office to become the nation’s 46th president, a ‘flipping of the switch’ occurred for online communications.
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough tracked the digital transition.
Shortly before 9 o’clock Wednesday, January 20, 2021; a visit to the website, White House.Gov displayed the staff, policies and press release updates from former President Donald Trump.
Throughout the website one could find information and images depicting a national team representing little diversity matching that of the nation. Those leaders included members in charge of national departments and those making policy decisions impacting millions.
White House.Gov offered a clear picture of Mr. Trump’s vision for the United States, including a tough stance on immigration, outlining policy and images of Mr. Trump’s signature border wall.
Then moments later a transition took place offering web visitors a stark difference as President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office.
White House.Gov now outlines the vision for President Biden and his policy goals. A scroll through the site leads one to find a large focus on fighting covid-19, proposals to boost the economy, a detailed focus on the environment and mention of a vision to address racial inequities throughout government and societal platforms.
Images also show history unfolding, with the first female and first woman of color to serve as Vice President; Kamala Harris.
President Biden’s nominated cabinet team is also touted as the most diverse in presidential history. If all are confirmed, the administrations team will include the first Native American, the first openly gay man, and African American men would lead the Pentagon and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Another visible and notable difference between how the two administrations might govern differently is in language offerings.
The Biden White House.GOV includes a Spanish language section. That had been removed during Mr. Trump’s time in office.
The Spanish language portion went dark in 2017. At that time, the White House Press Secretary said it would be restored, but that never happened.
An item that remains unchanged, is the ability of the public to sign up to receive information and updates from the White House to their email in-boxes.