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.”