Obama to Meet With Mark Zuckerberg Thursday

Feb 16, 2011 2:47pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

On Thursday President Obama will travel to San Francisco, California to where he will meet with a number of business leaders including the 26-year-old founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Zuckerberg will be among many business leaders in technology and innovation the president will sit down and talk to, as he continues to sell his State of the Union message.

“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,” a White House official said.

The president recently held Facebook up in his State of the Union address, as an example of a successful American concept and business.

“We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook,” President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.”

But the president and First Lady have both spoke about the perils of the social networking site in the past.

“I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook ‘cause in the YouTube age, whatever you do it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” Obama said in 2009 to a group of high school students in Arlington, Virginia, “And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff and I’ve been hearing a lot about young people, they’re posting stuff on Facebook and then suddenly they go apply for a job and someone’s got to search.”

Just last week First Lady Michelle Obama said she’s not a fan of having young kids on Facebook, so she has not allowed her daughters to have a Facebook profile, even though they don’t yet qualify for the age of joining.

“I’m not a big fan of young kids having Facebook,” Mrs. Obama said on The Today Show last week, “So, you know, it's not something they need. It's not necessary right now.”

The White House plans to release the full list of business leaders joining Mr. Obama and Zuckerberg tomorrow. On Friday, the President will travel from California to Hillsboro, Oregon, where he will visit Intel, as part of a two-day West Coast swing.

-Sunlen Miller 

 

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