President Obama toasts technology with Silicon Valley tech leaders

President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House press secretary Jay Carney issued the following statement after President Obama met with Silicon Valley leaders, including Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and others in Woodside, California:

“This evening, the President joined twelve leaders from technology companies to discuss ways to work together to invest in American innovation and promote private sector job growth. In the President’s State of the Union Address, he called on us to win the future by out-innovating and out-educating the rest of the world and increasing American competitiveness. The President believes that American companies like these have been leading by investing in the creativity and ingenuity of the American people, creating cutting-edge new technologies and promoting new ways to communicate. 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. The group also discussed the importance of new investments in education and the new White House initiative Startup America, a partnership with the private sector aimed at supporting new startups and small businesses. The President expressed his desire to continue a dialogue with the group to share new ideas so we can work as partners to promote growth and create good jobs in the United States.”

What else did President Obama ask tech leaders? There’s not a lot out there on the Web, given that the dinner was closed to press and none of the tech leaders has blogged or spoken about it to date. The Silicon Jose Mercury News has one of the best accounts of Obama’s meeting with Silicon Valley tech elite but, given the paucity of details about the conversation, the paper had little choice but to go a series of analysts and consultants to comment upon the event. SFGate.com went a step further on the transparency angle and used MapLight.org to analyze the lobbying and campaign donations of the tech stars of Silicon Valley.

Until more details emerge from the meeting, here’s some idle fun from the online audience about what might have come up over dinner. Engadget posted its own caption contest earlier today. If you have a quip about the president’s social network, tweet away using the hashtag #ObamaTechDin.

About Alex Howard

Alexander B. Howard is a DC-based a technology writer and editor. Previously, he was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where he covered the voices, technologies and issues that matter in the intersection of government, technology and society. If you're feeling social, you can follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or circle him on Google Plus In addition to corresponding for the O’Reilly Radar, he has contributed to the Huffington Post, Govfresh, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, National Journal, The Atlantic, CBS News and Forbes. He graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology. Currently, he is a resident of the District of Columbia, where he lives with his greyhound, wife, power tools, plants and growing collection of cast iron pans, many of which are frequently used to pursue his passion for good cooking.

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