Thursday, February 17, 2011

Steve Jobs will meet today with President Obama

Steve Jobs will meet today in San Francisco with Barack Obama, U.S. President, along with other heavyweights such as Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The meeting will also attend Jeffrey Immelt, the newly appointed chairman of the White House Council on employment and competitiveness.

During the meeting the President will have with those who are probably the three most influential people in technology, are expected to discuss their common goals to promote innovation in the United States and its commitments to invest in research and development, education and renewable energy.

Jobs and Obama met in October during a meeting which discussed the technology sector and economy. Robert Gibbs, the press secretary for the White House, said the president was "eager" to talk with the CEO of Apple and in December was Obama himself who quoted Jobs as "an impressive example of the American dream."

"Something that has always been America's greatest strength is its prosperous and burgeoning middle class, where everyone has an opportunity to achieve the American dream. That should be our goal. That's what we're focused. How can we create opportunities for all? So we must celebrate the richness. Celebrate someone like Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We hope that that person is rich, and that's a good thing. "- Barack Obama

Despite the alarming rumors about his health, Jobs is involved in the company's strategic decision to work from home and it appears that his medical leave not stop him from attending this event with business leaders in Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, as in the previous occasion and probably motivated by a jealous care for its intimacy, the meeting will take place behind closed doors so do not expect to find any images of interest in the usually prolific Flickr accounts of the White House or the president himself.

How do you think will run the meeting? Will it take advantage to try to bring Steve with Zuckerberg positions facing the integration of Facebook with the still irrelevant Ping? Would you pull the ear to Schmidt to offer in iOS the same version of Google Maps in 3D Honeycomb found in the version of Android oriented tablets? We'll see.

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