Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old founder of Facebook, is rarely seen without a T-shirt or a hoodie. But Zuckerberg brought out a suit for his dinner with President Obama on Thursday. That says a lot about what happens when you combine the world of politics with Silicon Valley. It’s a very formal affair.
The president visited the Bay Area to meet with some of the country’s most innovative technology leaders before zipping off to Portland, Ore. this morning for a tour of Intel’s manufacturing facility. Hopefully, they figured out a way to grease the wheels of innovation and create more jobs — or just had a nice dinner at the home of venture capitalist John Doerr.
The picture below from the dinner is pretty revealing. For one, Steve Jobs is sitting on Obama’s left and is clearly not on his deathbed, as reports have suggested.
The White House issued these photos and said the dinner was “part of our ongoing dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, increasing our exports, and get the American people back to work.”
Before the event, an official spokesperson said, “The President and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy.”
We don’t know exactly what they talked about at the dinner. The power group includes Reed Hastings, Larry Ellison, John Doerr, Eric Schmidt, Carol Bartz, Jobs, Zuckerberg and more. Jobs is dressed in his signature black turtleneck.
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