File this under “So What!”. Perhaps the White House website counts visitors. Perhaps the White House website tracks the interests of an individual visitor. By itself this is harmless, and the last is information the folks maintaining the website can use to be more helpful. By itself this is simply not a problem.
Now if the website information was going into some universal surveillance database - which may well be the case given recent history - then that would be of concern. This sort of surveillance is more effectively done by installing what amounts to digital taps in the Internet. In comparison cookies and webbugs are pretty much both useless and harmless.
from The Onion