As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Looking to reduce the United States' dependence on oil, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have focused on environmental issues, including alternative energy, reducing companies' carbon footprint, credits for environmentally friendly products and business incentives. Last year, Biden met with John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, to discuss how to design markets and a policy environment in which green jobs move from dream to reality.