President Obama met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs to discuss education and the economy.  (Source: Cleveland Leader)

Steve Jobs (shown here in a rare in-suit appearance at close friend Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony) is a long-time Democratic Party supporter.  (Source: Markus Aarstad/
America's trendiest tech firm gives some advice to the commander-in-chief

It sounds like the start of a joke, but President Obama met with Apple, Inc. CEO and founder Steve Jobs in Silicon Valley Thursday afternoon.  According to Obama staffers, the President was on the campaign trail and had long wanted to meet with Mr. Jobs and get his opinions and advice on the topics of economy and education.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs stated, "This is a meeting the president was interested in having.  He’s eager to talk to him about the economy, innovation and technology, education."

Mr. Jobs is a long time democrat, frequently donating to the party.  He last met Obama during his 2008 election campaign.  Reportedly the pair hooked up at a San Francisco hotel for a 45 minute meeting.

The President later paid a visit to Google vice president Marissa Mayer and clean technology venture capitalist Steve Westly homes, which were the site of two different Democratic Party fundraisers.  According to Bloomberg, the events were expected to raise $1.8M USD, with tickets costing up to $30,000 according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mr. Jobs is a controversial figure in the tech industry.  He and his company exude an air of superiority he has long operated under the business model that he knows what customers want better than they do.  Some also are irritated with Mr. Jobs' moralistic stands, such as his crusade to "free" electronics users from porn.  Still his company has consistently posted record profits in recent years and continues to create and/or conquer new markets.

President Obama is also no stranger to controversy.  He has been criticized by some on the left for not acting fast enough on issues like gay marriage and public healthcare.  The right has heavily criticized his economic policy, including his administration's decision to take ownership stakes in GM and Chrysler.  Some across both sides of the aisle have also criticized his decision to support and even strengthen measures to allow warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens, something many legal experts say violates the Constitution in its current form.

In the California gubernatorial race, Meg Whitman (R) is battling Jerry Brown (D), who is attempting to win a third non-consecutive term.  Recent studies by the The Cook Political Report [1] and The New York Times [2] say the candidates are currently in a dead heat.  The The Rasmussen Reports gives Mr. Brown the edge, though as does the 538 report, whose mathematics-based models give Mr. Brown an 82 percent chance of victory.  The election took a controversial recent turn when Green Party candidate Laura Wells was arrested for trying to attend a two-party "public" debate.  Police said they arrested her for using another person's ticket to try to disguise her identity.

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