President Obama visits Mountain View for Town Hall meeting

President Barack Obama answers an audience member's question during a Town Hall meeting sponsored by LinkedIn at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View

President Barack Obama answers an audience member's question during a Town Hall meeting sponsored by LinkedIn at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View


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President Barack Obama answers an audience member's question during a Town Hall meeting sponsored by LinkedIn at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View

With the 2012 campaign starting to heat up, President Barack Obama began his tour of California in Mountain View to accept donations to bankroll his reelection campaign as he arrived at Moffet Field early Sunday morning.

Obama was greeted by supporters and protesters alike as he was quickly whisked to attend various fundraisers, including ones at the homes of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberghyrl and Symantec Chairman Jack Thompson. Tickets to these events ranged from $2,000 to $35,000 to dine with the president.

Before Obama left Mountain View, he held a town hall meeting at the LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, where LinkedIn users were able to ask the President questions directly.

Before Obama took the stage, LinkedIn C.E.O. Jeff Weiner started the meeting noting the importance of passing Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act to put the country back to work. When Obama cambama focused on job creation and growth, talking about ways to fix the economy and put more people back to work, saying that “[the current economic recession] isn’t just in the United States, it’s a global problem… the point is that economies around the world aren’t growing as they need to.”

A man later identified as Douglas Edwards, a former Google executive, asked Obama during the town hall meeting, “Would you please raise my taxes?”

In response, Obama said, “America’s success is premised on individuals, entrepreneurs having a great idea, going out there and pursuing their dreams and making a whole lot of money in the process. And that’s great. That’s part of what makes America so successful… we’re successful because somebody invested in our education, somebody built schools, somebody created incredible universities.”

He took questions from other people at the event before leaving for Los Angeles.

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