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Obama Jets West to Talk Tech with Silicon Set

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President Barack Obama is jetting off to San Francisco this evening to meet with some of the biggest names in the Silicon Valley tech world for an off-the-record, private meeting, The Washington Post reports.

White House officials told The Post the Thursday meeting would center on the “innovation initiatives,” Obama offered up in his State of the Union address and that the White House has been focusing on recently: research-and-development tax credits, reforming the patent system and nationwide broadband implementation.

During his State of the Union address last month, Obama vowed to deploy broadband to at least 80 percent of the United States, in an echo of the Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Plan.

While there is no official guest list, The Post reports Steve Jobs of Apple, Eric Schmidt of Google and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will be there.

While he has faced trenchant opposition from congressional Republicans, the president is likely to receive a warmer welcome at his meeting tonight.

Despite dust-ups with the Chamber of Commerce about some of his business policies, The Post reports the president has retained relatively high marks among the Silicon Valley set.

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