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Bill Gates Says He's Open to a Role Helping Obama Admin
By Philip Rucker
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is in Washington this week to press his foundation's education and global health agenda, said he is keeping an open mind about taking a role aiding the incoming Obama administration.
Asked in an interview yesterday with The Washington Post whether he would consider serving in the new administration, Gates left the door open.
"Certainly my full-time job is being chairman of the foundation," Gates said. "If there was some committee or pretty focused task where I could contribute, I'd be glad to consider that, and I hope that the things we've learned about education -- including the mistakes we've made -- I hope we do get a strong dialogue and I'm very optimistic we'll have that with these people."
Kicking off that dialogue, Gates met with Vice President-elect Joe Biden at Obama's Washington transition headquarters yesterday afternoon. A transition official said Biden and Gates discussed "a wide range of issues, including global health and development, as well as the need to improve resources for secondary education, particularly for community colleges."
And Gates described to the incoming vice president the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the world's largest charitable foundation, built with the personal fortunes of Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett, a long-time Obama supporter who also acts as an economic adviser to the president-elect.
Before meeting with Biden, Gates delivered a policy address at George Washington University yesterday in which he called on Obama to increase deficit spending to stimulate the economy and help the country's most vulnerable residents.
Posted at 12:41 PM ET on Dec 4, 2008
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