President Obama meets with tech leaders to boost his image

On Tuesday, President Obama is meeting with tech VIPs, as reported in a blog post by Josh Richman, political reporter at the Oakland Tribune. The meeting should be, at the very least, a photo op to bolster the president’s reputation as being a pro-technology leader.

The topics on the agenda include government deployment of technology in the wake of the disastrous launch of They also include the “national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures.” As if that wasn’t enough on the agenda, the White House included ways that the Obama administration can partner with the tech sector “to grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

Although they are billed as being tech leaders, it’s hard to imagine how this conversation will go given the odd assortment of companies and sectors they represent. Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple; Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer; Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith’ Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Google’s Eric Schmidt; and Twitter’s Dick Costolo will likely talk about national security surveillance issues.

One source suggests that Obama will preview with the group his administration’s proposals on reforming the surveillance program.

But also expected are the CEOs of Etsy, the shopping site; Zynga, the game company; Netflix, as well as the leaders of AT&T and Comcast.

As one insider said, “the President is smartly surrounding himself with the titans of technology in order to communicate a seriousness of purpose when it comes to delivering government services but also basking in the glow of their validation that he is a president who ‘gets it’ when it comes to technology.”


At top, President Barack Obama seen Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.  (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)



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  • JoeBroe

    You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.

  • Anita Ho

    BO is an embarrassment…

    • gwhosubex


  • Ekul1021

    The cool factor for Obama is now nothing but a faded memory. Even after winning the Nobel Peace prize, he still haven’t done anything note worthy. Otherwise, techwise with him, we already saw that with Solyndra.

    • gwhosubex

      well, that’s not entirely true. he’s continued to kill thousands after receiving the nobel prize.

  • Bonnie-Clyde Barrow

    Obama is truly out of touch with reality. Never seen anything like it.

  • Obaaaaaaaama sheep get sheared

    How you sheeple like your hopey/changey?

  • Jeske Solutions

    Boost your image by doing something right for a change….like resigning for starters.

  • gwhosubex

    All this means is the tech industry, which was largely free of regulation and artificially high barriers to entry, will now be in the cross-hairs of government predation for the benefit of the ones who are able to cut backroom deals with politicians.

    This is an enormously bad thing.

    This stunt is also a meaningless charade on Obama’s part. It only boosts his image if we believe it to have any meaning.

    Like Jeske Solutions said, how about doing something right for a change? Go fix the damn car, instead of concocting reports that make it look like you fixed it. Pull the plug on the war, instead of receiving nobel prizes and giving hypocritical talks about peace. Go learn some damn economics instead of pulling the most crippling act on the health care industry and inserting lines of text into a bill illegally.

    People need to wake up and smell the bullshit. Get over it. He’s black. Now let’s focus on actual ethics, realities, and things that matter, and stop giving him a pass for everything just because he’s black, and charismatic. Evil is evil. Economically flawed is economically flawed. Murder is murder. Illegal is illegal. A tyrant is a tyrant.

    • Kristine Kelley Bailey

      Amen. To EVERYTHING you just said.

  • Kristine Kelley Bailey

    Impeachment. Nothing less is good enough.

    • gwhosubex

      dethronement and actual freedom from the power structure would be nice too.