Obama 'friending' Zuckerberg, Jobs, Schmidt
Apple's Steve Jobs, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (Getty Images)
February 17th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Obama 'friending' Zuckerberg, Jobs, Schmidt

WASHINGTON (CNN) – If President Obama had a personal Facebook account, he might be "friending" technology executives to help advance his innovation agenda right about now.

But instead Obama has decided to fly to San Francisco Thursday afternoon to actually meet with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives in person to continue the dialogue he promoted in his State of the Union address about government working with the business community to help build American competitiveness.

Zuckerberg, CEO and President of Facebook, will be joined by Eric Schmidt of Google and Steve Jobs of Apple along with other executives at a private residence in the San Francisco area, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

"I think the focus of the discussion is innovation and job creation, and these are representatives of businesses who can - who know a lot about private sector job growth," new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at his first on-camera briefing on Wednesday.

Obama last met with Jobs in San Francisco in October during the president's campaign swing out West right before the midterm election. White House aides said at the time that during the private meeting at a hotel, Obama and Jobs discussed American competitiveness, education and the Race to the Top initiative, as well as energy independence.

Since then, Jobs has had to take his second medical leave of absence in two years to battle an undisclosed illness. The 55-year-old Jobs had a liver transplant in 2009 and has previously battled pancreatic cancer.

In a Jan. 17 statement released by Apple, Jobs said he needed to focus on his health but would "continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."

News reports have suggested Jobs is receiving treatment at a cancer center in California though the company has been tight-lipped about his health, and this session will be Jobs' first high-profile meeting with some of his competitors since the company's announcement last month.

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  1. FlyMe

    Any excuse to get out there and rev up Air Force One is good enough for the usurper in the White House. Give me a break. Obama could spend these fortunes in a few seconds.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Aaron

      Obama is getting cozier and cozier with the filthy rich. The GOP rascists may even start liking him a little if he keeps flying off to meet the only constituents that they are concerned about.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        The GOP are the racist now. My, my, my why don't you look in the mirror you just might see a real one.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • cybersecurity netlockdown

      This is reported as being related to the creation of jobs but it is quite obviously tied in with the very recent attempts to push and prepare the "cybersecurity" kill switch, DNS controls and lobbyist funded policing of freedom of expression on the internet.

      This "government" claims to condemn the Egyptian style internet clampdown while working on methods and legislation to do the same thing over here. Haven't you guys noticed that these people say one thing and do exactly the opposite under some Orwellian name like the "Patriot Act"? Will we stop these nut jobs?

      This is the internet kill meeting. If they hire anyone in the name of "job creation and innovation" it will be on student visas for chump change because foreigners from totalitarian nations don't have any love for America or our free society. Why else would someone hire foreigners other than to subvert the indigenous? None of these companies want anything but slave labor that will do anything their told to including take our rights.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Tom

      The top of what? The cusp of technological innovation? No.

      February 19, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • Manny

      What level of anger led you to see Obama as a usurper. We do have dictionaries in the country. Look the word up. I know you nare proud of yourself but look deeper and find the being.

      February 19, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • Kilian

        Unemployment discourages ppeloe from looking for work while losing their freedom and personal dignity to provide for their own! Creating more dependency on government. This is all in the control of government. tax payers money keeping ppeloe unemployed, doesn't GROW the economy. The focus is always "stimulate" and it's failed with lots of wasted money AND MISSING MONEY! government is never the solution! Americans and freedom are!! Where's your faith? In your family, friends, fellow American or government? I feel sorry for you if it's the latter. It reveals the type of character you have The rich didn't cause the recession. Why punish the rich when you can WORK FOR IT yourself, like they do? America needs permanent jobs to provide for our families. Not temp shovel and sign in hand, overstaffed school administrations and excessive regulations that are holding back hiring all costs burdened on the tax payers, jobs. GOVERNMENT jobs COST money! Private sector, free market jobs MAKE MONEY!!!!!!! AND GROWS WEALTH!!!!! AND PROVIDES FREEDOM AND LIBERTIES!!!!! BIG GOVERNMENT and it's costs, DOES THE OPPOSITE!! no I'm not a business owner, we're not rich, we believe in the freedom of America and the opportunity to prosper if it's within our grasp and for our children to do the same using their personal skill and intelligence that EARNS their wealth, not stolen. There's no reason for government, when the disadvantaged can use their ability to see beyond. Plenty of good willed helping hands in America where the less government and it's expense, the more we see them who act from the kindness of their heart, totally contrary to tax funded, overpaid government charity services. Homelessness is what the government is causing by subsidizing $500,000 dollar homes!! Rules posed by government in America, aren't equally applied to Americans anymore!! Sends a message of personal belittlement and division between Americans! EXTREMELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Typical leftist exploiting inferiority!! YOU HAVE A HEART!!

        March 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • Jan

        I think the "early adoption" of 21st ergney and health care reform is capable of putting the job market on a solid ground. As a major driver, IT industry stalled and stranded in a game industry for the lack of 21st ergney policy over the stretch of two petrol wars needs to evolve into the all but indefinite ergney, medical, and academic industry where the investors are eagerly waiting for policy-makers to act now ((100s of Companies (with $13 Trillion) Are Demanding Strong Climate Deal in Copenhagen just like environmental activists)), which I guess is why the far-reaching and long overdue health care and 21st ergney bill have come into focus. I still think the densely populated countries are consuming such incredible natural resources right now that inefficiency as it is is not allowed any more. In the face of drastic dent in fossil fuels, supposedly computer came up as a primary and the most efficient substitute for them.We are now living in a digitalized society, and those ergney, medical, and academic industries are the last remainders to work out and the most expansive, potential arenas as they are involved in all generations, unlike a game industry.In respect to the adoption of two crucial changes, the sooner, the much better because reinstating the jobless costs far more than lay-off, as is often the case. I'd say it is past time to end bickering around common sense : A public health policy, contemporary ergney, and financial normalcy.Thank You !

        March 4, 2012 at 5:43 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Obama's going to spend the last 2 years of his presidency jetting around the country as much as he can. Once January 2013 comes, Obama becomes irrelevant and an embarrassment; just like Jimmy Carter.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • qglover

      You are adorable. January 2013, you will at this same post saying you can't wait for 2016 when Obama is out of office.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:48 am |
      • XWngLady

        Totally agree.

        February 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • moonflick

        lol... Not that I'll necessarily enjoy that, but you're likely right

        February 18, 2011 at 7:40 am |
      • cybersecurity netlockdown

        False left right debates usually ignore the historical continuity of agenda and CFR ties. We need more people willing to make the connections. It isn't that hard.

        Here's a good documentary to get a quick start on the topic:
        "Behind The Big News : Propaganda and the CFR"

        February 18, 2011 at 9:59 am |
      • Democrat

        Obama is getting reelected. All of these spending cuts are going to backfire on the GOP. Cuts might sound all cool, but in reality they hurt, really bad.

        March 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        Obama hasn't a chance for another term my enemy. So go bite yourself. That's what crazies do when they can't have their way.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • cheffy boy

      @phoenix86.....opinions are like@ssh0les, everyone has one and they all stink. I don’t know that I would count him out just yet. It's still a long time between now and 2012.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Hoos Yurdadi

      He's still beating every republican in the polls. It's premature to really say he'd beat them but that's a 1000 times more relevant than your prediction.

      And as an embarrassment? Because the Fox news harpies blather anything remotely negative and insubstantial they can about him doesn't make it true.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • mewpudding101

      Somehow, I don't think that's the point of the article. Try to be nice. You might not like him as a president, but calling him "irrelevant" and "an embarassment" is uncalled for.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:38 am |
      • Brett

        Yea i would say calling him irrelevant is ridiculous, its like us calling you irrelevant, though maybe you are. Hes far from irrelevant. I don't think any president in this country can do the right thing for all the people. Our constitution gives our states a lot of power, which in turn makes the people in WA that represent them a bit self involved. We've seen that our representatives really don't care about all the people, they care about their own agendas. If they actually really cared about people, they would tell their lobbyists to get lost. They would actually work together to find solutions for the problems we face, but instead they let their own moral, personal, self involved motives drive what "they" want for themselves.

        so is obama irrelevant, tell me which president in the past has done as much as he to stay in touch with the people of this country, non that I can tell. Has he made right choice? but really, what are right choices? everyone wants the budget to be cut, but as long as the cuts don't effect them. They really need to do is make the right choices and let the people deal with it because eventually if the right choices are made the dust will settle and all will be back on tract. But sadly, right choices can't be made when we have a country that is driven by greed and self promotion...ok, im just saying.

        February 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        What do you call grabbing your crotch during the National Antehm nor bowing tom the Queen then kissing a muslim leader's hand if not an embarrassment. Then by all means don't forget the huge debt the Democrats have piled up. He not only is an embarrassment he is irrevelent and no way in Hades will be Presient for another term.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • John

      You are a hater and a f*@*ing retard! This is about the creation of jobs through technology and keeping America competitive you dumb a**! Think before you speak or write!

      February 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Wow John, talk about thinking before you speak or write! Why do Liberals always resort to name calling and cussing?

        February 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • XWngLady

        @ J in NC: The same reason that Republicans insist on calling President Obama, 'Barack the Magic N@gr0', or portray him as an African bushman/witchdoctor, or send e-mails of him and the first lady as a Pimps/Prostitutes. Its the same reason they print out Obama Welfare Bucks complete with fried chicken, watermelons & kool-aid and consistantly call him a communist/socialist/nazi/Muslim killer of Grandma....Its the same reason they Republicans were carrying professionally printed signs during the healthcare debate that read "Bury Healthcare With Kennedy".....so please, please don't try to act like the Republicans have cornered the market on decency...disrespectful is disrespectful no matter who is doing it.

        February 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        XWngLady, "Barack the Magic Negro" was first applied to presidential candidate Barry by movie and culture critic, David Ehrenstein, in a Los Angeles Times op ed column of March 19, 2007. David is known for his Liberal point of view.

        February 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        Seems like it is you who is not educated enough to say something beneficial,. Theman is a bum, A no good and hasn't accomplished one darn thing since being in office. The lowest of the low President has he been regardless of ethnic group he fits in white or black since he is a zebra.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • elohel

      Spoken like a true irrelevant piece of trash. Do you kiss Palin with that mouth?

      February 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • John

      It is President Obama not Obama you jerk-off. At least give him that respect! Hater.

      February 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • pal30

      An embarrassment you got it twisted my friend..Pres Obama will be re-elected so get ready..

      February 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  3. Bryan

    How did this article go so quickly from being about Obama's visit, to a discussion about Steve Jobs? The last 4 paragraphs are almost exclusively about Jobs, while the other executives seem to have been name-dropped then set aside. I guess Google, Facebook, and other Tech giants don't measure up?

    February 17, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  4. george

    I think the question to ask these fine CEO's is how to bring the jobs they shipped abroad back to the US.The problem is not innovation, there is plenty from all these companies.The problem is the innovation creates jobs in China, not the US. Production creates jobs, not ideas and IPOs. Plus strategically we lose all ability to produce anything. Pretty soon even our weapons will be made in China!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  5. phoenix#1

    Phoenix86 is going to spend the next 6 years bitching about President Obama.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  6. jimbo

    In your dreams phoenix. The main man will be starting a second term in jan 2013. Nobody will be able to stop this history making president.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  7. jen

    dont fool yourself Phoenix, President Obama will be back at the White House, 2nd term....like it or lump it

    February 17, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  8. Beverly-NYC

    The only people who will be irrelevant in January 2013 will be Rebublicans. How can Phoenix86 object to the President doing his job by meeting with American business leader to help Americans? While the cryer of the house says " if jobs are lost so be it". Yeah thanks Tea Party your blind rage will reap what it sows. Mr. so be it or his buddies aren't volunteering to give up their salaries, tax payer health care, or social security benefits for the good of country first. They are coming afer you the poor and middle class.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  9. Tony

    I wouldn't count on Steve Jobs accepting Obama's friend request. Apple spends the least out of all the major tech companies on lobbying - they prefer to spend their money making excellent products, instead (Google could learn from them). Apple also prefers to have tight control over its products and is one of the few non-ISPs to be against net neutrality. Also, despite being kind of a hippie (culturally, to be precise), make no mistake: Steve Jobs is a capitalist.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  10. SuperFlyGuy

    Will he meet with Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com? The cloud is the new technology news, less use of energy and less CO2 emissions. Lower cost, easier deployment and upgrades. Plus Marc is leading his team in humanitarian efforts worldwide. Obama should definitely include Marc and his Cloud2 push.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  11. kaneda

    He is better get something lines up after his first term.. πŸ™‚ because he will need a new job!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • larry

      Dude learn how to spell first. You du** ret*rd

      February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  12. mewpudding101

    Le gasp! Jobs?! And Gates isn't invited?!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Nobody can meet with these technologically smart people just because he wants to "jet" around the country, Obama's time is valuable and so is theirs.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Godabed

      You are very right, not just anyone can pull all of these people together like this. Literally their time is money, and the president has a lot on his plate. Although he has had that since he took the job, and i think he's been handling himself very well. I can't imagine the stress he is under.

      February 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  14. Curtis C

    Carter is only considered an embarrassment because he tried to set this country on the right path. During Carter's administration we were not involved in any military conflicts, and domestic issues were priority number one. The reason most conservatives call Carter a failure is because, just like Obama, he asked us to grow up, and take some initiative in creating a better world not just for
    ourselves, but for the world as a whole. It's
    easy to blow s/-/!7 up, it takes work and true
    sacrifice to answer a higher calling. Carter is the closest thing to a true Christian that has served in the Oval Office.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  15. Alan

    Stop friending people and get out there and find some jobs for people, no health care, no dont ask dont tell, simply get the economy going and then do your pet projects! I would never vote for this man again!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    To Phoenix86 – FU and all other knuckle-dragging right-winger fucktards like you. President Obama will be a two term President, and I hope your head explodes over that certainty.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • John

      Yes!! I love "right-winger Fuctard" Says it all!! =)

      February 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • commonsense

      Why so much anger? Why are people not aloud to voice/talk about something without being attacked?
      Or, better yet... if you are going to disagree, do it cleverly so you don't look like a moron.
      PS: you chose an appropriate name: Donkey (aka: Ass)

      February 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • realitysettingin

        So you complain about attacks and name calling, then attack and name-call. I see you practice the republican/tea party ethos with true devotion. Lets make this simple for you all. Democrats and democracy=good. Republicans and rich people=satan.

        February 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • JE

      Couldn't have said it better myself! Nicely done.

      February 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Chico

      You kiss your mother with that mouth?

      February 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • John

      Amen! Phoenix86 is probably racist which means he is ignorant anyway! Obviously he doesn't have a clue but he will after this next election and I will be LMAO at him and others like him!

      February 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • goodjob

      @DonkeyParty – Good job. You have high standards. I can tell by your foul mouth. I think I'd rather hang out with the guy who's worried about his tax dollars going to waste, than the guy who's vocabulary consists of 13 different ways to use the F word.

      February 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • XWngLady

      Oh, PUH_LEASE...This faux decency and outrage is making me nauseas...I didn't hear any of you saying squat when Republicans were calling President Obama, 'Barack the Magic N@gr0', or portraying him as an African bushman/witchdoctor, or circulating e-mails of him and the First Lady as a Pimp/Prostitute (as well as a nice be@sti@lity one to go along with it)....No problem printing out and circulating Obama Welfare Bucks complete with fried chicken, watermelons & kool-aid and no problem consistantly call him a communist/socialist/nazi/Muslim killer of Grandma. Oh let's not forget the lovely art gallery in New York calling the Obama girls "nappy headed H0s"....I didn't hear any outcry from Republicans when they were carrying professionally printed signs at rallies during the healthcare debate that read "Bury Healthcare With Kennedy".....so please, please don't try to act like the Republicans have cornered the market on decency...Until you can admit to the despicable acts that these "guys who jare ust worried abou their tax dollars going to waste" do, then you have NO ROOM TO TALK!!!!

      February 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  17. Emma

    Good move by Obama! A president needs all the information he can get from leaders in the field. It is a necessary part of his job and keeps him informed in his decision-making processes.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  18. Pete

    "'I think the focus of the discussion is innovation and job creation, and these are representatives of businesses who can – who know a lot about private sector job growth,' new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at his first on-camera briefing on Wednesday."

    How much of a dent in the US's unemployment can be made by hiring at companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook, which are all places where it's very hard to get hired unless you've got a lot of education and (preferably) experience in technology and/or business (certainly not descriptive of a significant percentage of Americans)?

    February 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Wind

      You have the monopoly on useful information-aren't mooponlies illegal? πŸ˜‰

      December 23, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  19. Godabed

    It's funny that more than not this president has he own way of getting what he wants. Unlike Republicans he actually focused on jobs, and handling the deficit at the same times, because he know that both go hand in hand. i like that he has a plan and is willing to follow it through all the while manipulating the DC elite to acknowledging and getting his idea across, even the republicans hate him, they know they can't really do anything to him because the man is on the side of the American people and they know we are watching.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  20. RDW

    @Phoenix86 – No Reagan was the embarrasment. You guys seem to have a blind spot when it comes to President Reagan and all the crap he did. He raised taxes and ran a deficit much greater than Carter ever did. Oh and yea, he used to consult the stars (and no not Hollywood stars) when making important decisions. Get the facts on Reagan and open your eyes.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  21. Alex

    Plain going to spend the last 2 years of This presidency jetting around the country as much as She can. Once January 2013 comes, Plain becomes irrelevant and an embarrassment; just like Bush....

    This sounds more believable.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  22. XWngLady

    Glad to see the President meeting with top executives in an environment that doesn't involve "how much are going donate to my campaign" or "How many tax write-offs are you going to give me this year?"

    February 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  23. eli172

    Nice to the founder of facebook is getting time with the president. Last time I checked, Facebook has created how many jobs in the economy? What exactly has facebook done for our country but allow us to sit at home on a computer and chat? I am scared that my 5 month old will not know how to talk to people face-to-face. Please stop the insulting back and forth by calling people "knuckle-dragging right winger". You can disagree with the President and the democratic party in a polite manner. I am not a fan of the president, but I do not want him to fail. A failure of his policies is a failure to all America. If 2012 comes along and he is replaced, so be it.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • XWngLady

      Dude. Get your facts straight before you post. Facebook has doubled its employees (over 1300) by 50% over the last two years...They just opened up a local hub in Austin and plan to hire at least 200 people. Here is a list of jobs still open:

      Inside Sales US (10)
      Account Associate, Inside Sales (Austin)
      Account Executive, CPG (Austin)
      Account Executive, Entertainment (Austin)
      Account Executive, Financial Services (Austin)
      Account Executive, Inside Sales (Austin)
      Account Executive, Retail (Austin)
      Account Executive, Technology (Austin)
      Account Executive, Travel (Austin)
      Local Sales Associate- Contract (Austin)
      Manager, Inside Sales (Austin)

      Online Sales Operations (8)
      Account Manager, Online Sales Operations (Austin)
      Agency Account Manager, Online Sales Operations (Austin)
      Analyst, Online Operations (Austin)
      Analyst, Online Sales Operations (Austin)
      Manager, Online Sales Account Management (Austin)
      Manager, Online Sales Operations (Austin)
      Policy Enforcement Specialist, Online Sales Operations (Austin)
      Team Lead, Online Sales Operations (Austin)

      User Operations (7)
      Analyst, User Operations (Austin)
      Analyst, User Operations – Spanish (Austin)
      Intellectual Property Principal, User Operations (Austin)
      Intellectual Property Specialist, User Operations (Austin)
      Legal Support Analyst, User Operations (Austin)
      Manager, User Operations (Austin)
      Team Lead, User Operations (Austin)

      Ad Operations (3)
      Associate ISO, Ad Operations (Austin)
      Associate LATAM, Ad Operations (Austin)
      Associate, Ad Operations (Austin)

      Payments and Risk (3)
      Fraud Investigator (Austin)
      Lead, Risk Management (Austin)
      Payment Operations Analyst – Spanish or Portuguese (Austin)

      HR (1)
      HR Business Partner (Austin)

      Platform Operations (1)
      Manager, Platform Operations (Austin)

      Recruiting (4)
      Recruiting Coordinator – Contract (Austin)
      Recruiting Manager, Austin Texas
      Recruiting Sourcer – Contract (Austin)
      University Recruiter – Contract (Austin)

      Tell those who will get these jobs that Facebook doesn't create jobs. Some people just want to complain......Go Facebook!

      February 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  24. bree

    Presidents are all puppets on a string. The bank runs this country, act up and try to help people and well, we all know what happened to JFK πŸ™‚ Regan is another good example. He was all helpy helpy then he went limp like all the other presidents and complied. Bill clinton didn't run shit, he is to simple minded. It was alllll hillary and the cabinet. This is all another ACT. Maybe obama should get into movies, do an ass backwards govenator move LOL

    February 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  25. bree

    we should hire the mafia to kill all politicians lol oh wait the mafia is in on the 'government' facade also I'm sure! Whatever happened to the 1800's when all we had to worry about was the english and disease?!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  26. future one

    This President has ideas. The idea for us a country to be number one again. The way China is becoming the next superpower. I would want a person like Obama to leading us with his bright idea of strategy and innovation. He is also right, the way we can get out of the hole is by re-inventing ourselves. What's wrong with that idea?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  27. Texan@Dallas

    You wonder what kind of a world phoenix86's come from... retards like you should just burn with hate. This' the 22nd you are sooo much in the 19th century fuckard

    February 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  28. steve kolander

    it's good to have friends

    February 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  29. GP

    You all have got to see this comic based on Obama's Meeting with Tech Execs, from the legendary Blog "The Oatmeal": http://theoatmeal.com/blog/obama_meeting .

    February 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  30. Gunny420

    i realy hope 4 all our sakes Obama gets re-elected.we can'nt survive another right wing disaster!!! OBAMA needs 2 be get'n info from everywere he can,if he's gana fix wat the bushies have destroyed.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  31. Jen

    More people will get jobs when Obama looses his and the "Let's spend money we don't have!" stops. Obama needs to stop acting like he's some damn celebrity and conduct himself with a shred of dignity. He only won this election because he was the guy everyone wanted to watch a football game with. It surely wasn't because of his [in]competence.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • commonsense


      February 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • realitysettingin

      George W. Bush took a budget surplus and in one term, turned that surplus into the largest deficit this country has ever known. The fact that he was then appointed to a second term by the George H.W. Bush appointees on the supreme court, is indicative of a society of the ignorant being led by the greedy. Basically, if your worth less than a mil. dollars, and you still vote republican, your a supreme fool, and your exactly what the republicans/tea party are counting on to advance their insidious agenda. Proud of that are you?

      February 18, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • Ingeborg

      the rosaen businesses outsource is competition. Competition is fundamental to capitalism and is in turn fundamental in lowering costs which leads to lower prices and the companies that do this survive and prosper and the ones that do not fail.but free trade and globalization basically means that countries with the fewest regulations and lowest pay have a competitive advantage that, in the end wins.China and other countries believe in State-sponsored capitalism where they play a direct role in . creating jobs by taking those jobs away from other countries.they don't really create jobs but when there are X jobs building and selling widgets (like big screen TVs) they will basically subsidize that industry.Well . how do they subsidize it to start with and whose money are they using to subsidize it?turn this around what would it take to build big screen TVs in this country?it would take companies that paid low wages, no pensions and no health care right?we already have jobs like that .. and we already have people complaining about illegals taking those jobs I'm not sure I see coherence in our collective views of globalization and how we, as a country, operate in that world.China seems to have no problem operating in a globalized economy but we have problems.We point with pride to our increased standard of living compared to Asia and Europe but in a globalized world is it really sustainable?

      March 2, 2012 at 6:05 am |
  32. willard bullock

    Untied state amercian don't let presdient obama that he can't be get presdient obama for 2012 cause he was not born in untied states amercian

    February 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  33. truthfighter

    Former president Bush didnt have the brain or education to do any thing like this

    February 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • John

      Damn right President Bush didn't! President Obama is pulling out all the stops to get this country out of the recession the REPUBLICANS put us in and yet he is still being criticized for his efforts. He is taking all this shit without breaking his stride and never letting them see him sweat! With the mess he INHERITED he has not and will not lose this country or his swagger. Swag on Mr. President!

      February 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • John G

        We already know that demcorats had nothing at all to do with the situation we're in after all demcorats 5h!t doesn't stink now does it??

        Sarcasm off.

        February 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • ikaika1337

      the reason he didn't have to do what OBAMA is doing because of what he's faced with...

      February 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  34. Scott

    I'm still waiting for Jobs to really begin to give back to education and school districts across this country by not simply offering 10% discounts on 21st century technologies students should be using in the classroom today. It would be really refreshing to see Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Schmidt join forces and not just merely offer money, but offer the technologies at a very low cost so all school districts can have access to the tools students need today in order to be better prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. Offering a 10% discount on an I-Pad or laptop...or Google TV for a classroom isn't the type of unselfish generosity it's going to take to get the students of today to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
    Hopefully the President and Arnie Duncan can start pushing more buttons to get more in the hands of students without bankrupting districts or parents. You've made your millions, better yet billions...time to start giving back.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  35. willard bullock

    Untied state amercian will be wait see what happened about presdient obama cause mideast country will charge aagainst presdient obama about his birth at hawaii so he was born at keynea

    February 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  36. Jeff

    You want to build American competitiveness, how about stop letting companies setup their businesses overseas so they can use cheap labor.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • ikaika1337

      If you were a business wouldn't you like to reduce overhead cost by buying cheap labor if it does what you need it to do? why would anyone want to pay a mcdonalds employee 10 dollars an hour in Virginia for taking orders?

      February 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  37. AK

    Donkey Party, Thank you very much for that response to an imbecile.
    I couldnt have done better myself.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  38. Cindy in Portland OR

    Maybe he can convince Steve to stop Apple's unfair business practices (if MS pulled the crap Apple did with Rhapsody and Adobe they'd be slapped with an anti-trust lawsuit so fast that Windows 7 would become Obsolete!) and bring jobs back from overseas... i.e. china and indonesia. I really wish that Human Rights mattered more in out trade policies!

    February 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  39. shock but no awe

    this is a good thing to see the president talking with captains of industry other than the oil industry...to all the Obama haters and majority of republican babies, get a brain then get a life and stop being part of the problem.. history will have Obama's back!

    February 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Steve

      If this is so, the supporters of Ms. cliontn must be extremely disappointed in their candidate. Not only did she not get the nomination but she has bought into the Obama Administration hook line and sinker. She even carries his water as Secratary of State doing his bidding. In otherwords, there are few, if any, more enthusiastic supporters of President Obama than Mrs. Clinton is.

      September 8, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  40. Cindy in Portland OR

    willard allur brain r belong to jello!
    jeff I'm really hoping that is part of the point of this whole juggernaut.
    Scott Google has very little to do with Google tv's other than partnering with the manufacturer(s) to include the software on the TVs. To get a Google tv donation, you would have to go to the manufacturer i.e. Sony in this case , I think.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  41. John G

    The administration wants/needs to keep an eye on their citizens. Your rights have already been violated time and time again and it will only get worse.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  42. Bettye

    Can president Obama do anything right? YES HE CAN! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  43. marcus poole

    He will get re,elected the mostsaddest thing about us as american we dont see each as american just races of people the love left american 30 to 40 years ago.president obama is the best n brightest president since the most great president this country ever had Abe lincoln , because both want each n every born american to believe in this country take the lession of our past to come closer as a nation goverment must be strong n stay strong. my question is this y doesnt the goverment just build hospitals recruite doctors,nurses ect this will help the goverment repay itself alittle back each year thru public ad goverment housing recipients active military or retiree members..goverment workers should also have a speical goverment tax apply to there total income when filing they're tax return to ensure they'er still for the people.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  44. shock but no awe

    @John G...yea but that all started way before Obama stepped into the light...and it will get worse because of people like John Bahner and Mitch MConnell..and no democrats aren't completely innocent, but they didnt lie to take us to war so a few of Cheneys buddies companies would profit like hell and a war that had nothing to do with terrorism. Iraq is a terrorist state now because of us!

    February 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  45. John G

    @shock but no awe I didn't know this article had to do with the Iraq war. What I was talking about is something both parties do equally. Injecting a new issue into the posting on this artice I don't quite understand.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  46. shock but no awe

    @John G...you're right..this article is not about that but all this complaining about Obama and democrats sh*t not stinking is not the issue either.

    February 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  47. Killuminati

    Facebook is really a C.I.A. front so the powers that be (Mr. Obama is just a puppet) can spy more on citizens and jump start revolution in other countries. Go to infowars.com if you like truth.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  48. James

    Must be some money in it for our President–Now or in the future–LOL

    February 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  49. Leah

    While we all want to believe in everyone's good intentions, we must also be realistic about this situation in that:
    1. Every economist has stated unequivocally that it will take years (YEARS) before jobs are created again.
    2. Obama certainly was not interested in creating jobs for the past two years, except for his union cronies who bought his election. I certainly will not try to kid myself or you into believing this is a "jobs" related trip.
    3. For several months Obama has been seeking a way he can "pull the plug" on the internet "in case of crisis" so that we cannot communicate with each other. This was just accomplished in Egypt and now he is hell bent on having that same power himself. This meeting is about securing that power and ability to use against his own people – US.
    4. He knows the only way he can retain power is to create havoc, call for a "State of Emergency," remove the Internet so we cannot communicate with each other and will not know what is going on in other parts of our country.

    I do not believe anyone should have that type of power in our country. This is not a dictatorship – YET. We need to scrutinize the reasons for this "secret" meeting more than we have. Where is the press and why was it not invited? Why does the meeting have to be in secret if it concerns the good of the American people?

    February 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  50. robby

    U all know who is running the america it republican not the president obama all he is a pretty face for the newspaper and tv. But yet he still trying to help up. But rep are full of "greed" don't really care about us. Just their money and their toys. Playing soliders. While rest of us waiting for them to help us when it never did so now president obama he talk and talk and he walk and walk. Best as he possibly can republican don't give a rat butt about us. It alike we not important. Simple why don't they just stop playing war. And stop wasting money other country have problem then it their problem not us we are not their mommy and daddy. So stop sendng people to war. But instead build up defense on america in case they decided to attack us. That simple enough.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  51. ObamaIsDumberThanHousePlant

    If Obama thinks June 2003 patent application thief Zuckerberg is a "exec tech leader" he must think Mexican drug smugglers are Elder Statesmen and Presidents. What an idiot. Obama – you're dangerous. Period. For a U.S. President to "hold court" with a patent thief is amazing display of dumb thinking. Clearly, the chain-of-command in America is corrupt. From patent office to FBI to DOJ to Whitehouse. What a mess. This is the end. That is my opinion.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  52. Gor

    The amount of hate and in this country is incredible. Divided and torn... that will be the root of our demise.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Gor

      Darn. No such thing as a rouge word checker. Please excuse the extra "and"...

      February 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  53. Wouldnt be surprised

    No doubt that meeting Obama had with all the big-wigs of Facebook, Apple etc. today (and that heavily censored Yahoo), was to establish an ON/OFF switch to cut chat if people try to "assemble" for any reason the gov disagrees with.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  54. Pubali Batash

    The only reason why Obama is going to have a meeting with Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg he is going to use the Chicago style Money contribution. He want to make sure when he runs for re-election that they will be giving him some big time money and Obama will give them what they want. It’s all about MONEY. The latest video clips from TMZ http://fms.nu/ht8PXC I get the latest what happen. It will be helpful for them who want to keep in touch with updates always like me

    February 18, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  55. Philip

    I'm a bit surprised at the hatred of the comments, I guess things don't change. I would hope though that Obama would show support for US technology by removing all the RIM (BlackBerry) devices from Government service. RIM is a Canadian company and I feel that especially in the realm of technology, we need to be a leader and not a follower.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:21 am |
  56. Sissy

    God bless, President Obama, America & each of you. Stop the bickering & support our President for his efforts. He is and will be our President at least until the next election...AND there is nothing that can be done about it at this time.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  57. new plan

    this is why we're not getting anywhere...liberals, conservatives, democrat, republican, lobbyist, this, that, it's all name calling, we don't need these parties, whoever created them to begin with? if we're all one people, We The People

    February 18, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  58. new plan

    we don't need political parties, what we need is to think alike and agree upon a decision whatever it may be, we can't advance with all the bickering and name calling...feel me?

    February 18, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • new plan

      he wants burger king, she wants mcdonald's, i want something better than both but we can't agree on anything so we'll just go home and have peanut butter

      February 18, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  59. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You go shock but no awe, Donkey Party, XWngLady, pal30, and realitysettingin! Good comments; I agree 1000% with all of you! Keep up the good work!

    February 18, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  60. Julie Labrouste

    "(President) Obama to meet with top tech execs," with hat in hand to beg corporate America to create jobs for the people.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  61. bill

    This meeting is likely more about net 2.0 than jobs.

    We have a sitting president engaged in sedition (kyoto, closure of us coal plants). I don't buy that he's out to create jobs on this trip.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  62. ray gibbs

    friending, Freedom, thank you Mr. President, friends...

    February 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  63. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @new plan; Food for thought; great analysis of what is going on these days. Another thing is, strange that during the terms of 43 other presidents, except for a few GOOD ONES who were assassinated, when most of the groups you just named wanted to 'have it their own ways', they found ways and means to come together, to compromise and decide on 'ONE UNITED ORDER', standing by it and praying that it was good! We all had our preferences but we ultimately stood by ONE, until BARAK OBAMA became PRESIDENT! WHY?!?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  64. trucknutz

    On the flipside, Obama told IBM's Sam Palmisano to f*ck off (you get no funding) since they're in the process of handing their company to China and India.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  65. tobeornottobe

    You know, we've been doing pretty well in silicon valley largely because the politicians have ignored us and left our businesses alone. I fear that the Obama meeting marks the end of the government hands off approach to tech. It has taken them 50 years (and tens of billions of dollars), but our highly intelligent political leadership has realized they can't keep the working American busy building cars anymore. So now they are looking toward tech. I fear silicon valley will look a lot like Detroit 50 years from now; now that the washington power whores have us in their cross-hairs.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm |