Obama huddles with tech CEOs

By Laurie Bennett

February 18, 2011 at 10:23am

Leaders of the tech sector met with President Obama Thursday night at the home of uberinvestor John Doerr.

“The president specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said after the session.

Among the participants were the ailing Steve Jobs of Apple, who is on a health leave; Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook; Eric Schmidt of Google and Larry Ellison of Oracle.

Although several attendees - notably Schmidt and Steve Westly of Westly Group - were prominent supporters of Obama in the 2008 campaign, the get-together was bipartisan, with Cisco Chairman & CEO John Chambers, a bundler for the McCain campaign in 2008, attending.

One of the intriguing aspects of the Muckety map of the meeting is how intertwined the tech sector is. Expand John Doerr and his venture firm, Kleiner Perkins, and the connections become even more entangled.

While the meeting, which lasted more than two hours, focused on the president’s tech initiatives, all is not copacetic between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley.

The Wall Street Journal writes that antitrust officials at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have begun a review of the terms Apple set this week for publishers wanting to sell content on iPad and other devices.

resident Obama and tech leaders toast during dinner on Feb. 17, 2011
President Obama and tech leaders toast during dinner on Feb. 17, 2011.
(White House photo by Pete Souza)
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