The bunting is going up, the crowds are flocking to Washington for the inauguration on Tuesday and the Secret Service is working overtime to make sure Obama's first presidential command isn't 'Duck!'
Tuesday's swearing-in will be a landmark not only for its cultural and social implications, but for its impact on technology. Obama has promised to be more in touch with the cutting edge of the internet and tech worlds than any previous president.
John McCain may not have known how to use a computer, but Obama used the internet to raise millions in small donations and has big plans.
He has already said that the nation will get its first chief technology officer, and has started making appointments that put people with technological knowledge in the driving seat rather than politically reliable hacks.
As the US gets ready for the end of the Bush era and the beginning of the Obama one, we thought it right to suggest a few IT priorities that the new president might like to consider. No honourable mentions this week, as the new president has quite enough on his plate already.
Iain Thomson: For the past decade we've been hearing about how the internet is going to outpace television, but there's been precious little movement by the US government in this direction.
We're hoping to see a lot more use of the internet in broadcasting government business. It's not enough to make sure the TV stations get to publicise government initiatives; the web needs addressing too.
The fact is that people don't want to wait and watch the TV at a particular time of day in order to find out what their government is doing. We all work harder and at different hours, and putting more government business on the web makes it accessible to more people.
Democracy relies on an informed population, and it's about time government turned to the internet to make more folks aware of what's going on.
Shaun Nichols: If Obama wants to live up to the promise his campaign made on the internet, he'll need to put an unprecedented amount of information up on the web.
While posting sound and video clips on YouTube doesn't seem like a big deal for most young people, it could prove very difficult for the White House. The new president will not only have to deal with the traditional media, he will be faced with managing his image on the web as well.
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