There are hundreds of others which could become really remarkable if government programmers were actively contributing code to them. Ask not what open source can do for government, ask what government can do for open source.
He's not asking what Sun can do for government but what government can do for Sun. A commitment to open source would give Sun hardware a big leg-up on procurement. By the numbers Sun is still a hardware company and McNealy its chief salesman.
Given the site's similarity in look-and-feel to the official Whitehouse.Gov site I have to wonder if there might not be more open source to come. (Word to your blog. The President wore number 23 when he played, but we can understand if you feel that's taken. Lucky Michael chose 45 for his comeback.)
The point is we already know what open source can do for the government. What can government do for open source? I mean, if it really got serious about it.
Imagine the number of open source programmers it could hire, or retrain. Imagine the contributions, if the federal government took its responsibility as an open source user seriously.
If the U.S. government built its health care systems on VistA, imagine what that project could become. And that's just one project. There are hundreds of others which could become really remarkable if government programmers were actively contributing code to them.
Ask not what open source can do for government. Ask what government can do for open source.