Obama talks jobs in Sil Valley; ex-Googler begs to be taxed more
President Barack Obama made a return visit to the countryâs 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 Obamaâs jobâs plan, with the professional social networking serviceâs 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 â 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 âvoluntarily unemployed,â thanks to having worked at a successful start-up âjust down the street.â
Which start-up, Obama asked?
âItâs a search engine,â 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 Sandbergâs Atherton, California home, according to media reports.
And Obama broke bread with Appleâs Steve Jobs, Facebookâs Mark Zuckerberg, Googleâs Eric Schmidt and several other tech bigwigs at private dinner at venture capitalistâs John Doerrâs house in February.
Perhaps Air Force One will be landing at Moffett Field more frequently as the 2012 election approaches.