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President dines in Woodside Thursday night

Obama speaks with Silicon Valley elite

President Barack Obama dined in Woodside Thursday night with high-tech executives. He arrived around 5:40 p.m. at San Francisco International Airport and flew by military helicopter to Woodside for a dinner at the home of venture capitalist John Doerr.

The helicopter landed at Canada College in Woodside, and the president traveled by motorcade to Doerr's home.

Almanac reporter Miranda Simon captured the scene near Roberts market where about 35 people gathered, waiting to get a glimpse of the president.

"I don't think (I'll see President Obama). They're probably not going to turn the lights on and roll down the window," onlooker Sue Bishop said.

Justin Pretre, 5, looked at a laminated black-and-white poster with pictures of all the U.S. presidents.

"He wants to see George Washington and Abraham Lincoln," said Tina Lount, his mother, carrying 3-year-old Landon on her shoulders. "Why do you like Abraham Lincoln?" she asked Justin.

"Because it's his birthday soon," he responded.

The two toddlers are wearing matching green raincoats. Their cheeks are flushed because of the cold.

Lount points to President Obama on the poster. "If you look real cute," she said, "maybe he'll wave at you."

Lauren Giurata, 15, was getting dinner with her father when they saw the sheriff's patrols and asked them what was happening. When they heard the president was coming they decided to stick around.

Just then, the motorcade came through: An ambulance, two armored vehicles and a few black Escalades. People started whispering, "That's them, that's them."

After the motorcade, Lount said Justin was disappointed he didn't get to see Obama.

"It was only cars," Justin said.

"What did you expect to see?" asked his mother.

"The whole president!" he said, raising his arms.

"I think I might have caught a glimpse of him," said Mia Ferrari and excused herself immediately: "I have to Facebook this!"

Below is a list of those invited to dine with President Obama. Many are residents of Atherton or Woodside:

- John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

- Carol Bartz, president and CEO, Yahoo!

- John Chambers, CEO and chairman, Cisco Systems

- Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter

- Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO, Oracle

- Reed Hastings, CEO, NetFlix

- John Hennessy, president, Stanford University

- Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO, Apple

- Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO, Genentech

- Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google

- Steve Westly, managing partner and founder, The Westly Group

- Mark Zuckerberg, founder, president, and CEO, Facebook

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Posted by Ron_M
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Thought so - the press kept saying he'd be in San Francisco.

As a pilot, I know what to look for - I looked up the airspace restrictions around the Bay Area - and guess what? One of the restriced areas was over Woodside. That's a big clue...


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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:28 am

It would also explain the *cough* "FAA's" *cough* interest in the Palo Alto airport tonight.

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Posted by PA Mom
a resident of El Carmelo School
on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:53 am

YAWN ...


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Posted by Ron_M
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

Exactly, qq - PAO was within the inner core of the "prohibited" part of the restricted airspace - very tightly controlled


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Posted by maguro_01
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

This President is very into increasing exports, entrepreneurship, and innovation, though big companies aren't usually the source of the last two. So this area should be on his itinerary.

But there's a good chance that the President got a hefty dose of lobbying for visa worker programs and threats to move "until we can educate Americans". While it's a privilege to brain drain the world, the devil is in the details of those programs. Most of the workers are average and the result has been to chase young Americans out of tech since they are unlikely to have but a short career if they have one at all. The more mass visa workers, the more young American citizens or already-Permanent Residents bail on tech degrees. So the more visa workers are lobbied for. So we have a downwards spiral and a path to national undevelopment. To a large extent the programs have become just training for workers who are later employed in their home countries or do startups there.

The work visas and any later associated Green Card have to be obtained by the employing companies. Americans can compete on price with world wage levels and have to, but the visa workers are effectively indentured to the companies and no one local can compete with indenture. The programs were set up that way because they are a product of big company lobbying. Many of the large multinational companies are now American in name only but that name entitles them to great influence in Washington. It has been estimated that there are well over 600,000 cumulative active visa tech workers in the US. Perhaps a tenth that number are real stars.

California taxpayers have not caught on yet that they are financing universities that increasingly are devoted to assuring that their next generation's opportunities will be curtailed. Awarding Green Cards with Master's Degrees seems promising, but remember that companies will then make a Masters the entry level for engineering jobs so all the students will have to get one to have much of a chance though most jobs don't require that. The President's dinner list includes at least one Phd through at least one High School dropout which itself should be impressive and couldn't happen in most of the world.

A discussion of some of these issues is at Web Link and there are others.


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Posted by At least it kept him busy for a while
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

At least it kept him busy for a moment...but now he is back to fighting the American States, elected reps by the people,doing what they were elected to do... AGAIN...

Web Link

he just can't help his ACORN roots. Counting the seconds until we can get our country back, with he and his ilk out of power again.

The only good news is he simply can't help showing who he and the Dems are, and the American people will not forget.





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Posted by Rush Limbaugh's acolyte
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

At least it kept him busy for a while--thanks for a good laugh.
Did you get all those points from Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann or Palin? Noaturally in your narrow world it all revolves around Obama bashing. How petty.
Best part of your post is the comment about fighting AMerican states and elected reps--funny how your people forgot that in 2008 the people also spoke--but I guess their voices can be ignored when you and your ilk do not agree with them. Now apparently, since the 2010 election, we have to listen to the "voice of the people". Good one. Can you say--hypocrite.


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Posted by At least it kept him busy for a while
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

That is what a constitutional republic is..the right of the people to change their minds through electing representatives who do what they say they are going to do. An election is not a permanent tyrant nor their policies.

Or are you against listening to the people's vote?


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Posted by Rush Limbaugh's acolyte
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

"That is what a constitutional republic is..the right of the people to change their minds through electing representatives who do what they say they are going to do. An election is not a permanent tyrant nor their policies.
Or are you against listening to the people's vote?"

Interesting that you raise this point now. Where were you between 2008 and 2010 when the republicans ignored the will of the people and were the party of "no".
Were you against listening to the people's vote then? Seems that way to me.
BTW, if i were you, I would take a refresher course in what a constitutional republic is.

When you have a chance, At least it kept him busy for a while, say hello to your brother Why?.


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Posted by At least it kept him busy for a while
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

sigh..I am a fool to believe that you possibly don't know this versus are willfully spouting lies..

The Repubs had NO power whatsoever for anything at all, nothing,in either the House or the Senate until last month, when they got some in the House. Everything the Dems/Obama wanted for the last 2 years, they got.

The Dems completely own every result we have in the USA, from total control in the Congress for 4 years to controlling the WH for the last 2.

With any luck we will have a federal shutdown for the next 18 months which will save a LOT of money AND stop them from continuing to destroy us. Won't affect Obama at all, he will still be able to travel and read his teleprompter at will. Once it warms up a bit, golf can come back into the picture.


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Posted by Rush Limbaugh's acolyte
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

"The Repubs had NO power whatsoever for anything at all, nothing,in either the House or the Senate until last month, when they got some in the House. Everything the Dems/Obama wanted for the last 2 years, they got."
Nice re-writing of current events. Of course in order for you to actually believe your scenario, you have to put forth the above "fact".

"The Dems completely own every result we have in the USA, from total control in the Congress for 4 years to controlling the WH for the last 2."
Thanks, Why. Now we know.

"With any luck we will have a federal shutdown for the next 18 months which will save a LOT of money AND stop them from continuing to destroy us. Won't affect Obama at all, he will still be able to travel and read his teleprompter at will. Once it warms up a bit, golf can come back into the picture."
Of so you now want the government to shut down--too bad about all the people that will effect, but you do not care. As long as you can bash Obama.
I see you really have no substantiative criticism to put forth just the same old stuff (travel and read his teleprompter at will, golf can come back into the picture, etc) That you posted under your alternative identity of Gary from Downtown North.
Nice try. Come back when you really care about our country, instead of standing with Al Qeada and our other enemies.


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Posted by Scarpia
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Awh, how frigin cute The Mesiah came to town to suck up to the real chosen one’s for some of that billion dollar campaign fund. And to think he missed waving to all the useless idiots down in the flatlands to exchange a little Hope and Change. I’m sure all those unemployed white trash living living in the central valley just weren’t worthy of his presence. There wasn’t a person in that room who could care less about the plight of the average American worker. So why waste your breath on these useful idiots regarding H1 B visas. Hey anti Rush guy, guess your happy with the pricks at Google and Facebook sharing all your data with the regime ( I mean after all aren’t they so cute hip and cool ).
All Secrecy and No Privacy!

Enjoy the moments of bliss while you still can Obama Zombies, the real soul of this country will be taking it back.

This is Scarpia


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Posted by Sigh
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

It's so easy to blast both parties. Until everyone realizes that Wall St is running the country and both parties are puppets, we'll be sure to have plenty of pendulum swings left and right.... With the middle class falling further behind... The wealthy pulling further ahead... And no one really "caring" about the suffering as long as quarterly earnings are up. We may end up with our own Tahrir square.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

scarpia: "...the real soul of this country will be taking it back."

Who will?

* the half term governor, who just blasted Michele for supporting breast feeding, after the half termer declared Oct 2007 Alaska breastfeeding month? Didn't she support cap and trade in 2008?

* Willard mitt Romney? Getting the Christian right vote after he explains the Mormon planet of Kolob is off limits to them?

* mr noun verb and 9/11?

* Huck?

* Michelle Bachman? oh please oh please oh please.....

* Ron Paul? He won CPAC!!

* Gramps Mccain?

* Donald Trump? (who gave money to Barack Obama)

* Jeb? hope he campaigns with his brother!

* Chris Christie? Don't worry, he'll clean up the snow after he gets back from Disney

I'm not much for "Obama Zombies" either, but there's only one party that can guarantee his re-election:

The GOP.




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Posted by manure
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Feb 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Money rules! Yea for our team! So much for United we stand, divided we fall. Thanks to the president for at least letting the little people watch his limo go by.


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Posted by Genius Bar?
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Enough net worth in that room to put a dent in Calif. deficit.
Would they stoop to tithe?
Not a chance.
They got where they are by stomping out competition, lawyering up to fend off legitimate equity claims for successful ventures, off shoring and out sourcing to max out corporate tax savings, schmoozing politicos to keep the status quo.
Anti-Trust? Doesn't seem to apply in that gathering.
Come to think of it, maybe anti trust is the apt description.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

That weird looking room makes me think this was at the Ellison compound ?


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

maguro_01 nice post about the effects of watering down opportunity for America workers. Having worked with so many foreign peers I have to say my own perception is that there is some amount of destabilizing influence of in-group nationalism that is oddly anti-American at the same time Americans seem to work so hard to be politically correct.

I guess we have to live with this, but it can really negatively affect the big picture. I would have to estimate that all these foreign workers with Visas is only marginally helpful, though I would not want to stop it, I think overdoing things would push it in the red.

The factor that makes me a bit anxious is the dependence we are building for ourself on the Internet, and not really building in safety measures. I get most of my news from the Internet, most of my media, I buy most of my purchases over the Internet, and if the government wanted to and had access they would determine the threat level of anyone by what they reveal about themselves on the Internet.

In the future, storage and data mining will allow "someone" to "statistically" know people better than they know themselves. To maybe predict what they are capabile of thinking by the ideas they have been exposed to from the books, movies, sentences, media they input and output.

Looking at markets and demographics that will determine how to suck the absolute maximum out of certain segments of the market, people will simply not have a chance without some kind of strong reulgatory protection, and even then how is this overseen.

As phone calls migrate more to the Internet, communication can be cut ... which is ironic considering the motivation for the internet idea was communication, command and control redundancy.

It's a brave new world out there ... and I really wonder how much of this Obama gets versus how much he like many of the managers in Silicon Valley are manipulated by the tech savvy people under him ?


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

It stunning how many strange people are out there in an area where one might expect some reasoned discussion and debate.

Or, are they just not taking their meds?


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Posted by manure
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Feb 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

lucky for us we have intelligent and comprehensible people like yourself to offer reasoned discussion and debate. What was your reasoned discussion point? Guess it's always easier to critique others than to offer posts of substance. What a pity.


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