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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Who gets best seats at Obama high-tech dinner? Apple's Jobs, Facebook's Zuckerberg

By Cecilia Kang


Who got the best seat at the president's dinner with high-tech executives? Apple's Steve Jobs, who is on medical leave, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who was seated on the president's right.

Good thing President Obama brought his security brigade to the dinner with high-tech executives. The combined net worth of this crowd ... someone do the math, please and let me know.

Also at the table: Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.

White House photo.

By Cecilia Kang  | February 18, 2011; 10:59 AM ET
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I'm not the first to notice, but it is very interesting that there are no representatives from Microsoft.

Posted by: kjhealey | February 18, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I love how to brainstorm on how to create jobs they get the CEO of facebook, an employer of ~2000. And the CEO of Apple, who outsources their entire manufacturing process and gets a majority of its innovations from corporate spying.

Posted by: maur3tania | February 18, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

To answer the question..-Which high tech exec got the best seat at the presidents dinner? Answer...CEO Eric Schmidt. Google- Why Google loves Democrats so much

Posted by: javadede | February 18, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cecilia Kang, Google's reporter and lobbyist at The Post, is no doubt please to see her patron and advertiser Eric Schmidt at the head of the table. So much so that she doesn't question the choice of guests. Why were all of the guests from established companies rather than startups? Why was there no one from a broadband provider, given Obama's push for ubiquitous Internet? Why no one from a wireless company, given Obama's wireless initiative?

Posted by: LBrettGlass | February 18, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if anyone has done the math on the actual cost of obama's trip to CA for this dinner.
Evidently he isn't concerned about the spending as this was a trip on the taxpayer's dime for his personal campaign funding. What a shameful president.

Posted by: vageorge | February 18, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@ vageorge: Shameful?! Are you serious?! No more shameful than '43', aka "Mr. Kill Sadaam In The Name of the Genocides Rut I Really Want His Oil", aka "Mr. I Will Never Attend The Congressional Black Caucus Like Every Other Modern Day President B4 Me". GTFOH!

Posted by: delfranklin4 | February 18, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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