President Barack Obama was scheduled to have a 45-minute meeting on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco with Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
President Barack Obama had a 45-minute meeting on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco with Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
The meeting was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PDT (6:30 p.m. EDT), Gibbs told reporters traveling on Air Force One from Seattle to San Francisco.
It was "a meeting the president was interested in having," Gibbs said. "I think they last met ... along the trail in the 2008 campaign."
Gibbs said the two would talk about a variety of issues and he expected the White House would issue a statement on the meeting after it took place.
"He's eager to talk to him about the economy, innovation and technology, education," Gibbs said.
Obama is on a four-day trip through western states seeking to bolster Democratic candidates before the November 2 mid-term elections, in which his party is expected to lose many seats in the U.S. Congress and governors' mansions.
According to Gibbs, Obama met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Westin in San Francisco.
"They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the President's Race to the Top initiative. They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation."