Despite its other challenges and missteps, the Obama administration has made progress in pushing the U.S. government toward becoming more technically-savvy and at least considering technology as part of the solution to a number of the problems the U.S. is currently tackling.
President Obama named the nation's first federal CIO as well as its first CTO, became the first president to carry a smartphone, and his IT team opened the government's first cloud computing app store (Apps.gov).
I was also struck this week by the fact that Obama chose to deliver his own technology demo in showing off the capabilities of the HealthCare.gov website. As you can see in the three-minute video below, which shows Obama running a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a sticker of the Presidential Seal covering the Apple logo, the Obama Administration knows how to put together a decent screencast and the President has again shown his enthusiasm for using technology as an enabler.
Whatever you think about the Health Care Reform Act (and I'm sure there are lots of strong opinions among this crowd), I consider it a positive development that the U.S. chief executive and the administration are taking steps to drag the U.S. federal government into the 21st century.
Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).