We Fumbled the Rollout

“We fumbled the rollout,” the President said in a Thursday press conference. Most of the session related to the healthcare.gov website and little related to the law itself. The President seemed most concerned about his fellow Democrats whose re-election chances might be diminished.

Websites can be confusing. True, they are relatively easy to build, but that inspires false confidence. If they are easy for me they are equally easy for everyone. I still have a problem if other people are doing it better than me and I flunk the “it sux” test, at least as compared to them.

In the world of websites, it is not a good thing to flunk the “it sux” test. Word travels fast. Words are unedited. Words can be harsh. That is not a good thing in the land of short attention spans.

So, is the President just a lousy website builder? A closer examination suggests maybe he is not. He might even have a .500 batting average on website building, which would be pretty good.

Guess which website works great?

Silly me, how did I not notice?

Organizing for Action found at http://www.BarackObama.com easily jumps the “it sux” hurdle. Type in your email, type in your zip code, click “I’m in” and you are done. Money can be siphoned right out of your pocket to support the perpetual campaign machine.

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Red is not exactly their color except for the prominent “Donate” key.

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Spend the rest of the day in a quiet place reflecting on the reason that one site works so well and the other so poorly.

I am sort of thinking it might be priorities, but be sure to get back to me if you come up with any other ideas.

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