Obama talks jobs in Sil Valley; ex-Googler begs to be taxed more

September 26, 2011

It may be one of those “only in Silicon Valley moments.”

President Barack Obama made a return visit to the country’s high-tech cradle on Monday for a town hall event hosted by LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner.

The theme of the one-hour-long question-and-answer session was Obama’s job’s plan, with the professional social networking service’s popularity as a tool for modern-day job searches providing the perfect backdrop.

Indeed, several of the questions from the audience were from folks who said they were unemployed – and Obama sought to offer reassurance by walking through the standard doctrine and talking points from his jobs plan.

But perhaps the biggest applause of the event came when a man in the back row stood up and asked Obama: Would you please raise my taxes?

The man described himself as “voluntarily unemployed,” thanks to having worked at a successful start-up “just down the street.”

Which start-up, Obama asked?

“It’s a search engine,” the man replied.

It turns out the man was Google employee number 59, also known as Doug Edwards.

Whether Edwards gets his wish remains to be seen. But having deep-pocketed high-tech employees (and former employees) begging to give more of their money away is probably not a bad thing for Obama as his popularity sags and he faces re-election.

On Sunday night, Obama attended a nearly $40,000-a-plate fundraiser at Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s Atherton, California home, according to media reports.

And Obama broke bread with Apple’s Steve Jobs, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt and several other tech bigwigs at private dinner at venture capitalist’s John Doerr’s house in February.

Perhaps Air Force One will be landing at Moffett Field more frequently as the 2012 election approaches.


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The showoff from Google should just pay more taxes. He doesn’t need Obama-the-king’s permission to pay more and his desire to do so should not become a battering ram for importuning others.

Posted by theseus | Report as abusive

He can pay mine too.

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