Photo: President Dines with Steve Jobs, Others

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U.S. President Barak Obama traveled to California on Thursday for a dinner meeting with technology industry leaders including Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The event was captured in photos, at least one of which made its way to the official White House Flickr account.

President Obama dines with tech industry leaders

The photo captured the President, along with Mr. Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, and more.

According to White House representatives speaking ahead of the dinner, “The president and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy.”

President Obama hasn’t yet publicly shared the details of the dinner meeting.

Comments

geoduck

For some reason when I looked at the picture of President Obama and the group of Tech Industry heavyweights the Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the others…” started playing in my head.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Yeah, the Zuck ought to be out playing beer pong instead of dining with all these old farts. He’s not gonna age well.

geoduck

I hadn’t noticed before but Microsoft was not represented.

To me that says a lot.

BurmaYank

I sure hope Steve’s new liver is not about to get a dose of nasty ethanol here!  Maybe that’s applejuice in his goblet.

serogers1970

For some reason when I looked at the picture of President Obama and the group of Tech Industry heavyweights the Sesame Street song ?One of these things is not like the others?? started playing in my head.

Yeah…I noticed Steve was the only one not dressed up also.

Lee Dronick

I hadn?t noticed before but Microsoft was not represented.

Today the President is in Oregon visiting Intel, is he also going to Seattle/Redmond? If not that may be something, or it may just be scheduling.

The President meets with 13 tech industry leaders and most headlines on the web read something along the line of “President Meets With Steve Jobs”

Intruder

That was Steve’s “dress” turtleneck.

Lee Dronick

hat was Steve?s ?dress? turtleneck.

Looks like at least half of the fellows were not wearing neckties, I am pretty sure that the President is. Follow the link in this story to the Whitehouse’s flicker account and you can see a larger photo. Even Mark Zuckerberg is wearing a dress shirt, no hoodie.

edit: Upon closer examination you can see Zuckerberg’s dress jacket hung on his chair.

geoduck

OK let’s pretend it’s 2021.
Whomever is President then does the same thing. Who among the people at the table will still be there?
I’d like to think SJ would be.
A fair number of the others will be getting on in age but likely could still be in the saddle.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Mark Zuckerberg won’t. It wouldn’t surprise me if FaceBook is a historical footnote by then.

Dogbrain

Here’s a neat photo that has most of the guests identified:

http://tinyurl.com/BO-techie-guests

I also find it amazing that Microsoft was absent. Surely Balmer was invited?! Not to invite the second largest tech company would be weird - I mean, you’ve got Yahoo there, so it’s not that exclusive… Did Balmer turn down an invitation from the President of the United States for dinner? Uh, Hello? I would have gone in his place… Pick me, pick me!

rlo

Microsoft is not represented because they turned Republican during their anti trust trial in hopes of getting a break, which they got when Bush Jr took office.

other side

I also find it amazing that Microsoft was absent. Surely Balmer was invited?

Would YOU invite Ballmer to anything?? smile

Obama has enough headaches, he doesn’t need the embarrassment that Ballmer would only bring.

BTW- Hope Steve is getting successful help during his leave.  He’s reminding me of Jack from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”....

iJack

It wouldn?t surprise me if FaceBook is a historical footnote by then.

Hope.  Springs.

Lee Dronick

It wouldn?t surprise me if FaceBook is a historical footnote by then.

Facebook might be gone, but if Zuckerberg is smart then he could still be a player in some other tech arena. Like him or not, he did create something that has impact. I wonder if it would be a good thing for him to sell while Facebook is on top take his zillions and go do something else.

As to Steve Ballmer not being there. I think that it was just a Silicon Valley gathering.

geoduck

if Zuckerberg is smart then he could still be a player in some other tech arena

That’s what I question. Zuckerberg took an idea that was common at the time, the social network, and ran with it. He got lucky and hit it big but I’ve not noticed him having any other big ideas. He keeps refining and expanding the FaceBook platform but nothing else. Google, Apple, even Microsoft is always experimenting and investigating other areas. Facebook looks to me to be a one trick pony.

If he is smart he will be cashing out now and in a few years he can be a rich eccentric living on his own island somewhere.

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