President Obama talks jobs (and dines at Stubbs) in Austin

President Obama toured Austin today, speaking at Manor New Tech High School and Applied Materials and enjoying some Texas barbecue with Austin families between engagements. This Whitehouse Blog post details the President’s day, complete with plenty of official photos and links.

I was invited to hear the President’s remarks at Applied Materials this evening. I had never been to a high-tech manufacturing facility before, but all the friendly faces almost made me forget I was in a giant room full of geniuses.


This is the view from the back of the room about two hours before the President spoke.


The air was thick with smart phones, tablets, and touchscreens galore the moment the President took the stage.

President Obama speaking behind a podium in the Applied Materials manufacturing building

The President addresses Austinites at Applied Materials (Image courtesy of Ally Tamez)

I’ll never forget the last thing the President said before hundreds of innovators, activists, and Austinites burst into applause:

And when you look out across this room, what you also notice is there’s talent drawn from every segment of our society.We don’t care what you look like, where you come from, what your last name is. We just want to make sure we’re all working together to create a better future for our kids.

That’s America. We innovate. We adapt. We move forward. That’s what Austin is all about. That’s what’s going on in this city. (Applause.) And that’s what I want to keep on promoting as your President of the United States of America.

Mr. President, I couldn’t agree more.

Want more about the President’s trip to Austin? Check out this article by Joe Deshotel in the Burnt Orange Report, and this Bloomberg article.

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