President Obama Gets LinkedIn

By: CNN
By: CNN

His LinkedIn profile lists the Illinois State Senate, U.S. Senate and Presidency of the United States.

Whether Barack Obama gets to hold on to that last job could hinge upon selling a $450 billion plan to stimulate job growth.

He stopped at the Silicon Valley headquarters of professional networking site LinkedIn Monday, to take questions about his plan to get the economy back on track.

"If we're not doing all the things that made us great in the past, then we're going to fall behind," he said. "And we've got a short-term challenge, which is how do we put people back to work right now."

The town hall was another effort by the White House to incorporate social media into voter outreach. The President has staged similar events with Facebook and Twitter this year.

LinkedIn, with about 120 million users, has a smaller following but a different purpose. It's a place for users to market job skills.

A technological advantage was key to snagging young voters during the President's first campaign, but this time, republican rivals have caught on.

Members of the House GOP leadership scheduled a Monday town hall at Facebook's headquarters in nearby Palo Alto to talk about the economy and their own thoughts on job creation.

"We'll take questions from across the country, bring accountability back to government, and actually plan for the future so we can grow jobs in this economy," said Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

The White House expects a congressional vote on the President's jobs plan next month.


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