Obama's Facebook Forum Is a Little Ho-Hum

But we did get to see Mark Zuckerberg in a suit and tie
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2011 7:20 PM CDT
President Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg take part in a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Maybe the most suprising part of President Obama's town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters today was that Mark Zuckerberg ditched his hoodie and put on a suit and tie, writes Carla Marinucci at the San Francisco Chronicle. "For all its tech/youth/cutting edge promise, Facebook's event was pretty run of the mill. Frankly, the president was so long winded that just eight questions got aired—most of them very friendly, pretty predictable and very, very vanilla."

Obama used the forum to brand the Republican budget plan "radical," reports AP, but nothing much more noteworthy emerged. Still, the meeting "highlighted the increasing interdependence between the president and Silicon Valley," observes Cecelia Kang at the Washington Post. Obama needs Facebook and Silicon Valley to generate high-tech jobs, and Zuckerberg in turn would like to be in the good graces of the White House as his company undergoes ever-more scrutiny and tries to expland globally.

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