Obama dines with Steve Jobs, other tech execs with U.S. economy and education on menu

“President Barack Obama dined with a dozen leaders of the U.S. technology industry including Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs and Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg as he sought support for his education and innovation agenda and discussion on promoting growth,” Kate Andersen Brower and Roger Runningen report for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: Wonder if they discussed the teachers’ unions?

• Teachers union demands apology from Apple CEO Steve Jobs – February 23, 2007
A clearer picture of Steve Jobs’ thoughts on public education and teacher unions – February 21, 2007
• Steve Jobs & Rush Limbaugh agree: U.S. public schools are ‘unionized in the worst possible way’ – February 20, 2007
• Apple CEO blasts teacher unions, says US schools are ‘unionized in the worst possible way’ – February 16, 2007

Or the tax holiday idea?

• Apple, Oracle, Duke Energy, others organize lobbying blitz for tax holiday – February 17, 2011

Brower and Runningen continue, “Also attending the session were Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, Carol Bartz, head of Yahoo! Inc., Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter Inc., Reed Hastings, CEO of NetFlix Inc., Arthur Levinson, Genentech Inc. chairman, John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, and venture capitalist Steve Westly, managing partner of The Westly Group, according to a White House statement. The event was closed to press coverage.”

“The president met privately with the executives last night at the secluded home of John Doerr in Woodside, California, a wealthy community about 25 miles south of San Francisco,” Brower and Runningen report. “Doerr is a senior partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.”

“Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget sent to Congress Feb. 14 includes $148 billion for research and development, about $80 billion for federal information technology programs and a 4 percent increase in education, to $77.4 billon… Obama’s economic policies are under fire from Republican lawmakers who control the House of Representatives, and the administration is seeking ways to bring down the unemployment rate,” Brower and Runningen report. “The rate has stood at 9 percent or more for the longest stretch since monthly data was first compiled in 1948.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

90 Comments

    1. I wonder what was on Maobama’s menu. Guaranteed he didn’t eat the crap that Michelle Obamanidadjad and Bloomberg are trying to force on the rest of us.

      Hopefully Steve Jobs is recovering. We need him the most.

      1. Really? No one’s forcing you to do anything. The last time I checked you can still walk into a 7-11 and buy a box of Oreos and whipped cream for your guilty pleasures.

        1. No salt in NYC, Transfat laws, Michelle mandating what kids have to eat in school. Telling people what to eat. Complete BS. Stay the hell out of our lives Communist drones. We can decide what’s best for ourselves. We don’t need mommy Gov to wipe our bum bums for us.

          Annoy a liberal, work hard, be happy, be successful!!!!

          1. Sounds like you have a problem doing anything for yourself because apparently everyone else here can wipe their own butts. If you have a problem with no salt in NYC maybe you should complain to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. See you later, I’m headed to In-N-Out Burger for a double-double.

    1. No kidding. Seriously, MDN put your extreme political hat back in the closet and report on tech news. What the heck do teachers’ unions have to do with a President of the United States meeting with technology leaders? Stay on topic for once.

        1. And so by inserting teachers unions into an article topic about the US President meeting with technology heads about innovation, it adds WHAT useful information exactly?

          It is absolutely relevant that President Obama brings in tech leaders for discussion. This is the first administration to fully embrace on a daily basis:
          (1) Twitter
          (2) YouTube
          (3) Facebook
          (4) Cloud computing (see federal CIO Vivek Kundra)
          (5) Open source platforms like Drupal (see whitehouse.gov)
          (6) iPads

          Seriously, which technology leaders did you expect the US President to bring in? Are you angry that the President’s CIO pushes for federal govt to dump its legacy technology and replace it with stuff like GMail, cloud computing, social media tools (reduce costs and create better constituent engagement).

          Stop being Gov 1.0 and get with the times. I bet you guys would still be completely pissed even if the US President ordered all public agency technology to be replaced with Apple-branded items and hired Steve Jobs to plan public service technology for the future.

            1. Wendell labels, therefore he is. Seriously, that’s the best that you can do? It doesn’t apply and it isn’t even original.

              If this is an example of independent thought on your part, then the education system failed you. Perhaps you were part of “every child left behind” – you know, that unfunded GOP federal mandate.

            2. Queen Smell, the education system???? Is that what you think it is?? How about the indoctrination to commieville system. Look at the Wisconsin Low Life Teachers actions this week. You drones keep burying your heads in the sand. It feels safer that way doesn’t it. The harsh realities of what is being done to the US is too much for your teeny brains to handle. Don’t worry we conservatives will make it all better when we vote your Dear Leaders out in 2012.

      1. Not for long Glenn you little commie drone you. Michelle is plotting to take away your choice for what you want to eat. It’s coming. They just passed their fake food safety bill, RHINOs and the commies voted that stinker in. No ones against healthy food. We don’t need Michelle Maobama mandating it while her husband stuffs his face with In and Out Burger menu items. What’s it like to be so clueless to what’s going on around you Glenn?

        1. That’s right, we need to restore the role of ketchup as a vegetable!

          In theory, most people support “healthy food.” In practice, few people do when given the choice. They go for deep fried and large quantities. I feel fairly confident that our schools can provide healthier meal options without going communist.

        2. Please link to the line in the legislation that mandates what kind of “healthy food” you are to buy from now on.

          Until then, I’ll be out for lunch with my Commie conspiracists at In-N-Out Burger.

    1. Don’t count on it. He’s scheming to take them and their bank accounts over like the car companies and his unconstitutional MaobamaCare. They want to take our IRAs and 401 Ks next. Google it drones.

  1. Apple could help the economy out quite a bit if they increase the amount of work they are doing on battery technology. A breakthrough in that area could be licensed for use in vehicles and other areas, which would stimulate lots of jobs. Our energy problem really isn’t that we can’t make enough energy . . . its how do you store it and use it safely whenever you want to. . . . .

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