President Obama is about to start his town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, as thousands of Facebook members watch it live online. I wasn’t able to attend live, but I’ll join the online throng to hear what he has to say to his interviewers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, and to the many people (supporters, enemies and wingnuts alike, if comments here are any indication) who will be asking questions online. I’m liveblogging it here.
And it’s underway as Sandberg welcomes the president. “Even though it’s Facebook, no poking the president,” she says. Now Zuckerberg comes on in a suit (CORRECTION: nice jeans and a jacket), (loose) tie, white dress shirt… and running shoes. He pauses. “Sorry, I’m kind of nervous, we’ve got the president of the United States here!” And so he introduces Obama, who appears to get almost as many cheers from the studio audience as Zuck.
“I’m the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie,” Obama says. So now we know. “Second time!” adds Zuckerberg. (First time was a January dinner with Silicon Valley luminaries and Obama.) Now they both have their jackets off–no sweating (visibly) for Zuckerberg.