February 16th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) –President Obama will meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other business leaders when he visits San Francisco Thursday according to a source familiar with the arrangements.
But at today's first press briefing by new press secretary Jay Carney reporters wanted to know if Zuckerberg and the president might discuss Facebook and other social media's role in the Egyptian revolution and similar unrest in other North African countries. Carney's answer- "the purpose of the discussion is on innovation. You know, obviously, other topics could come up."
The primary focus however will be the administration’s "Win the Future" initiative which the president introduced at his State of the Union address. He compared the need to keep America competitive with the rest of the world in technology, education and innovation to the race for space in the 1950's and 60's.
The President will travel to the San Francisco Bay area of California to meet with a number of business leaders in technology and innovation. The meeting is a part of the administration's continued courting of the business community. An administration official telling CNN the talks will focus on "how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American people back to work."
On Friday, the President will travel from California to Hillsboro, Oregon, where he will visit the big technology company Intel. Intel has committed to investing more than $6 billion in their U.S.-based manufacturing facilities to support future technology advancements in Arizona and Oregon, creating more than 6,000 construction jobs and more than 800 permanent high-tech jobs, according to the White House.