President Obama Meets with Steve Jobs

President Obama and Apple CEO Steve Jobs met on Thursday in San Francisco, according to Bloomberg. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that, “it was a meeting the president was interested in having,” and that President Obama was, “eager to talk to [Mr. Jobs] about the economy, innovation and technology, education.”

Mr. Gibbs also said, “They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the president’s Race to the Top initiative. They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation.”

President Obama was visiting Silicon Valley to attend a $30,000 a plate fund raiser for the Democratic Party that was held at the home of newly minted Google executive Marissa Mayer later on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the event was being attended by 50 wealthy democrats (Mr. Jobs was not reported to be among them).

Mr. Jobs has, however, donated to the Democratic Party in the past, having donated $50,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and $26,700 to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006. Bloomberg also noted that Mr. Jobs donated $1,000 to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel when Emanuel was running for the U.S. House in 2004.

Steve Jobs & Barak Obama

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and U.S. President Barak Obama