Hooray for technology!
Yesterday, President Barack Obama met with Mark Zuckerberg and 12 other tech folks to discuss Obama's "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.”
Millions of new jobs? Sounds good to us!
Here's a statement about the meeting from Press Secretary Jay Carney:
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.
ADDENDUM: There was also a lot of discussion about ways to encourage people to study science, technology, engineering and math, and to go into STEM fields.
This sounds wonderful, Obama! We'll look forward to hearing a lot more about your efforts here.
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