Obama tells high-tech worker: Send me your resume
President Barack Obama, whose chances for re-election may rest on his ability to show U.S. voters he is doing all he can to reduce unemployment, offered on Monday to personally pass along the resume of an unemployed engineer to potential employers.
Fielding a question from a woman on a Google+ online chat session who asked why the government continues to grant H1 visas even as her semi conductor engineer husband cannot find a job after three years of searching, Obama said the difficulty was surprising to him because he often hears business leaders in that field talk of a scarcity of skilled workers.
“If you send me your husband’s resume I’d be interested in finding out exactly what’s happening there,” he said, offering to forward the resume “to some of these companies that are telling me they can’t find enough engineers in this field.”
At the end of the nearly hour-long session that had him defending U.S. drone activity in Iraq and explaining how he is helping small businesses, the president also engaged in a little light banter.
When asked to perform a little jig in front of his computer monitor, he demurred. “No dancing,” he said. “Michelle always makes fun of my dancing, and she teases me relentlessly because she’s sure she’s the superior dancer.”
But the president, who made headlines this month for crooning an Al Green song in the Apollo Theater in Harlem, said, “In some future Google+ I may sing another tune.”
Another user asked the president how he felt about not being able to just walk outside and grab a bag of Doritos or a Coke. Obama joked that it was the toughest thing about the job.
“If I decide I want to go to the corner store, I’ve got to alert Secret Service and the ambulance has to get in place, and if we’re crossing a bridge suddenly there’s got to be some boats in the water, so at a certain point you just say, forget it. “
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