The White House has changed tenants. Donald Trump has indeed given way to Joe Biden, who at the same time becomes the 46th president in the history of the United States. And precisely, shortly after his arrival, a funny easter egg appeared in the source code of the institution's site.
Joe Biden therefore took office tonight. And the least we can say is that he doesn't seem to want to waste time.
The new American president has in fact signed no less than seventeen presidential decrees since his arrival in the Oval Office.
A funny update made on the White House website
Very varied, they are mainly intended to revisit the policies put in place by his predecessor, Donald Trump. Among the flagship measures are the suspension of the construction of the Mexican border wall, the return of the United States to the Paris climate agreements or the blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was originally a lot of friction with Canada.
However, it is not these decrees that we are currently interested in, but rather a modification made to the source code of the White House site shortly after the new president took office.
Indeed, even as Joe Biden was giving his inauguration speech, the developers in charge of this site have deployed an update.
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A wink … and a recruitment campaign
Intrigued, many curious people therefore began to dig into its source code. The fishing was successful as they unearthed a curious addition buried in the HTML code, an addition alluding to a rather special program set up by Barack Obama:
“If you're reading this, we need your help building back better. https://usds.gov/apply ”
Extract from the source code of the White House website
The link in the mention refers in fact to the site of the US Digital Service , a US federal administration created on August 11, 2014 within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Imagined by the Obama administration, the latter aimed to modernize the digital services of the American administration and to advise agencies, all with a view to simplification.
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So of course, this is not the first time that developers have fun hiding comments in the source code of a site, but here, in this case, we are still talking about the site of one. of the world's biggest economic powers.
And we understand of course why the discovery has caused so much ink to flow on social networks.