President Obama to do town hall in Mountain View

President Obama will take part in a town-hall meeting on job creation Monday at the Mountain View headquarters of professional networking site LinkedIn, the White House announced today.

The President will answer questions about job creation and the economy from a live audience made up of LinkedIn members and employees, as well as questions that have been submitted from LinkedIn members across the country.

In conjunction with this event, LinkedIn has launched an online community focused on job creation and the economy; people are invited to join the conversation with President Obama by submitting questions for the town hall, contributing comments, and sharing content with their own network.

This group also will serve as a platform for LinkedIn users to continue the discussion on putting America back to work and let members engage with the White House and Administration officials even after the town hall. LinkedIn has more than 120 million members worldwide.

The town hall will occur the day after the President’s previously scheduled, big-ticket Silicon Valley fundraisers.

The President is scheduled to attend a fundraising reception at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Woodside home of John Thompson, chairman of Symantec and among those the President reportedly had considered for the job of Secretary of Commerce; the cost is $2,500 per ticket, or $7,500 to have a photo taken with the president. Then President Obama will attend a 6:30 p.m. dinner fundraiser at the Atherton home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg; that’s event costs $35,800 per plate, and it reportedly will include a question-and-answer period after the president’s remarks.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood


    “NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. and its allies changed tactics Tuesday on how to avert a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid, as the White House announced that President Barack Obama would meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. At the same time, U.S. officials conceded they could not stop Abbas from officially launching his case for the Security Council’s approval of the statehood effort.”


  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Elwood, don’t rush to judgment on Brother Barack Hussein, peace and blessings be upon him.

  • Elwood


    “(In reality, the top 10 percent of earners pay nearly 70 percent of all income taxes, according to the IRS. People in the richest 1 percent pay 31 percent of their income to the federal government while the average worker pays less than 14 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office.)”

    And neither does the IRS or CBO, apparently.


  • John W

    Re: David Brooks

    “Richest 1 percent pay 31% of their income…” Uh, make that their “adjusted gross income.” Big, big, big difference! Still, they do indeed pay a disproportionate share; in large part because they control an ever increasing disproportionate share of national income; not to mention an even more disproportionate share of wealth.

    There is no objective measure of “fair share.” What’s the reference point? Are the taxes under Bush and now Obama more or less fair than under Clinton?

    What’s fair? Going “dutch,” by taking whatever the government spends and dividing the tab equally among all taxpayers? A pure flat tax, which would, by definition, make tax rates go way down for upper income and way up for middle income? A progressive tax, such as we now have? How progressive? A consumption tax, which would re-tax accumulated savings on which people had already paid tax?

    We should have a standard deduction for all, get rid of all “below the line” exemptions and deductions and most “above the line” adjustments to gross income and reset the tax rates taking into account the broader tax base. Replace traditional 401k’s with Roth’s. People with comarable gross income should pay comparable income taxes.

  • I hope someone asks Obama why he has been using a stolen Social Security Number (042-68-4425) issued in Connecticut – a state where he never lived or worked.

  • Elwood


    I wonder how the President of Mongolia feels?

  • John W

    Re: #5

    Birthers of the world, unite!

    Just in case anybody has even a passing thought that there might be any validity to the Social Security number story, it was completely debunked 6/13/11 by Snopes.com.


  • John W

    Re: #6

    The Mongolian guy is probably just grateful he wasn’t the Japanese premier with George H.W. Bush barfing into his lap.

    Mongolian’s are mostly Buddhists, a self-effacing bunch. So, Obama was probably just helping him efface.

    A family member of mine is on a project in Mongolia at this moment. Would you believe they have a Ramada Inn there?

  • Elwood

    @ #8

    Gotta hand it to ya, John.

    That one’s a dandy!

  • Elwood


    “UNITED NATIONS — A last-ditch American effort to head off a Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations faltered. President Obama tried to qualify his own call, just a year ago, for a Palestinian state. And President Nicolas Sarkozy of France stepped forcefully into the void, with a proposal that pointedly repudiated Mr. Obama’s approach.”


  • Elwood


    “It’s the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn’t really need repairs. It’s got decades of good life left in its steel spans. It’s just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.”

    “And the new $2.3 billion Cincy bridge is not scheduled to even start construction for probably four years, long after Republicans have scheduled the Obama presidency for completion.”