Archived White House Websites and Social Media

The White House is illuminated at sunset, January 22, 2014 (P012214CK-0504)

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Archived Websites

In January 2017, the White House website was archived as a way to preserve the online presence of the administration of President Barack Obama.  Additionally, the websites for Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, the We The People Petitions, and the White House Data Catalog (open.whitehouse.gov) were also preserved. These websites are historical material, “frozen in time.”  They are no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages will not work.

These archived websites are an excellent resource for photographs, speeches, press releases, digital data, and other public domain records of the Obama Presidency from 2009–2017. 

The official files making up the websites are archived in NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA), however the website interface and functionality is preserved for easy use by the public through this portal. 

Archived Social Media

For the first time with the Barack Obama administration, social media feeds will also be preserved by NARA.  Similar to the method in which the White House website domain (WhiteHouse.gov) is transferred from administration to administration, the original White House social media account names (and accounts used by some staff) will pass to the next administration. Social media content from the Obama administration will be preserved under new handles by NARA.  For example, @POTUS on Twitter will be archived at @POTUS44. (See a full list of archived account names here.)

While the content will still be available, not all functionality of the accounts will be maintained.  As of January 20, 2017, commenting has been turned off for these historical accounts to maintain as much of the original look and feel as possible. 

The Obama White House Office of Digital Strategy detailed its digital transfer process in this October 2016 blog post. In a January 2017 blog post, the Office also made available for download the White House’s Twitter (.zip), Facebook (.zip), and Vine (.zip) archives as well as the tweets published by President Obama (.zip) and the First Lady (.zip).