Obama talks jobs in Sil Valley; ex-Googler begs to be taxed more
President Barack Obama made a return visit to the countryâ€™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 Obamaâ€™s jobâ€™s plan, with the professional social networking serviceâ€™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 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 â€śvoluntarily unemployed,â€ť thanks to having worked at a successful start-up â€śjust down the street.â€ť
Which start-up, Obama asked?
â€śItâ€™s a search engine,â€ť 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 Sandbergâ€™s Atherton, California home, according to media reports.
And Obama broke bread with Appleâ€™s Steve Jobs, Facebookâ€™s Mark Zuckerberg, Googleâ€™s Eric Schmidt and several other tech bigwigs at private dinner at venture capitalistâ€™s John Doerrâ€™s house in February.
Perhaps Air Force One will be landing at Moffett Field more frequently as the 2012 election approaches.