It’s the day after the inauguration, where’s all that change we were promised?

I know, it’s going to take more than a day to even begin fixing everything that needs repair in the federal government, but there are a few hopeful signs.

Like the fact that the redesigned White House web site has a blog (right up front), a Twitter feed, and a Director of New Media.

Of course, the blog doesn’t have much information at this point and doesn’t permit comments, so it remains to be seen if this just another press release or is actually any kind of shift in the way the president communicates with the nation.

However, the part of the new site that offers a great deal of hope are those pages where candidate Obama’s campaign proposals have now become President Obama’s policies.

Like the Technology section under the Agenda which promises, among other things, to

Protect the Openness of the Internet: Support the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.

Open Up Government to its Citizens: Use cutting-edge technologies to create a new level of transparency, accountability, and participation for America’s citizens.

Restore Scientific Integrity to the White House: Restore the basic principle that government decisions should be based on the best-available, scientifically-valid evidence and not on ideological predispositions.

On the other side of things, I’m still not happy with the new Secretary of Education and his “pragmatic agenda”, which doesn’t go nearly far enough to address the problems with our educational system.

Still, in less than 24 hours, there are enough signs of meaningful change to make me optimistic about the next four years.