Obama Post-Budget Spin Tour Includes Bay Area

Air Force One will make pit stop here later this week.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 6:40 PM PDT
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - APRIL 15: U.S. President Barack Obama enters Air Force One at the shuttle landing facility at Kennedy Space Center April 15, 2010 in Cape Canaveral. Obama was holding a summit to discuss the future of the space program. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama's post-budget tour will include a swing through the Bay Area this week, according to a White House official.

Air Force One is supposed to touch down sometime Thursday for a quick evening meet and greet with technology leaders, before the president returns to the air and the Oregon coast Friday morning.

White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki said on Bloomberg TV that Mr. Obama would be meeting with technology leaders to talk about ways to spur job growth, strengthen the economy and promote investments in research and development.

"The president has been reaching out to CEOs over the past couple months and will continue to do that," Psaki said.

Psaki would not name which company executives were on the invite list.

Mr. Obama released a $3.7 trillion budget plan Monday in a paperback book that is at least five-inches thick.  Early analysis says it relies too much on rosy economic assumptions.  Even with the rosy numbers it only has the deficit dropping from this year's record $1.6 trillion to about $600 billion after five years.

The president will spend Friday with the CEO of Bay Area-based Intel Corporation, he will just will be doing on their campus up in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The White House press release says of the Intel visit:

The President will also learn more about Intel’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs and Intel’s efforts to better prepare the next generation to compete for high-tech jobs and be the minds behind the next great inventions.

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