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February 26, 2011


This recent White House Flickr photo with top Silicon Valley execs at the Technology Business Leaders dinner in California reinforces Obama’s new pro-business, pro-high tech emphasis.

As reflected in the other WH photo of the Woodside meeting, it’s clear the Administration is only too happy to pose Obama with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. It reinforces Obama’s star power and aligns him with the cutting edge.  As powerful as it is graceful, too, is the way Obama is positioned between Steve Jobs and Zuckerberg, the old legioned and the new. The fact he is photographed from behind like this seems both respectful, but also eloquent in marking his serious illness and potential departure from this scene.

Also worth note is the gender ratio. (Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is in red. I don’t know who is at the near end.) If women are seated at the heads of this table, it doesn’t reflect how much the tech summit reflects a man’s game.

(photo: Pete Souza)

  • matt

    what? mark zuckerberg in a coat and tie?

  • Megan

    That is a very strange picture. Looks like a wedding banquet; the administration is getting married to technology?

    The spray of flowers in the back looks like an altar arrangement. White lilies for Easter? Technology is the administration’s resurrection?

    Either way, wedding or flowers, this picture has weird religious overtones. Last Supper is another obvious reference.

  • metoo

    Serious “networking” going on here. On the left hand is Steve Jobs, and on the right hand is Mark Zukerberg. Both worth about the same money- but it took Jobs 40 years and lots of skillz to earn it. Zukerberg hit his with a lucky break, on the backs of all those tech geeks at the table. I sure hope the z-berg footed the bill for this gathering… somehow I think the WH did. Either way the photo is more about the collective experience than the image, and that’s smart.

    • metoo

      Sorry for dropping the c in Zuckerberg.

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