President Obama to host jobs town hall on LinkedIn

By Mike Swift

mswift@mercurynews.com

Posted: 09/20/2011 03:30:18 PM PDT

Updated: 09/20/2011 10:33:13 PM
PDT

Less
than six months after President Barack Obama visited Facebook, the president
will use another Silicon Valley social network, LinkedIn in Mountain View, to host an online discussion
about jobs on Monday.

“During
the town hall, the president will answer questions about job creation and the
economy from members across the country and hear directly from LinkedIn users
who range from small business owners and employees to community college
students to veterans,” the White House announced in a posting Tuesday
afternoon on LinkedIn. The president will speak from the Computer History
Museum, near LinkedIn’s
headquarters.

Other details
about the presidential visit, including the time of the town hall, are not yet
available. But LinkedIn users can currently post questions for the president
from the White House LinkedIn page, and the president’s town hall event will be
streamed live on LinkedIn, and from the White House website. The visit will be
part of a three-day swing by Obama to the West Coast, including events in Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles
andSan Diego.

LinkedIn CEO
Jeff Weiner, in a company blog post, said the town hall would be an “open
exchange” about job creation, and about “the widening gap between
talent and opportunity” in the United States. During the town
hall, Weiner will be on stage with Obama.

“During
the past several months, the national conversation has

been
increasingly focused on the state of the U.S. economy,” Weiner wrote.
“This town hall is an invitation from the White House to people from
across the country for an open exchange on one of our most pressing objectives
as a nation: the creation of jobs and economic opportunity.”

Obama, who
visited Facebook in April, has been a pioneer in using technology for his
political platform.

The president
chose a critical moment in his confrontation with congressional Republicans on
the budget this spring to use the power of social media for his agenda, as he
tried to tap into the predominantly young, 750 million-member network of
Facebook at a town hall event where he fielded questions from voters
side-by-side with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.

LinkedIn’s
audience of about 120 million members is smaller, but its mission is also more
focused on employment and jobs.

Also on
Monday, at 3 p.m., Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
will host a live discussion with three top House Republicans: Majority Leader
Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Budget Committee Chairman Paul
Ryan.

The three will
field questions from Sandberg and Facebook users on the site’s live video
channel, Facebook Live.

Staff
writer Mike Rosenberg contributed to this report.

LIVE event MONDAY

LinkedIn users can post questions for the president starting now
from the White House LinkedIn page. Obama’s town hall event will be streamed
live on LinkedIn, and from the White House website.    (JNS)

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_18938683

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