White House hopeful Barack Obama confronted his experience gap while meeting Wednesday with employees at Google headquarters.
Obama also headlined a series of high-dollar fund-raisers in northern California a day before Democrats meet for a debate in Las Vegas.
Google, one the fastest-growing and most highly valued U.S. companies is the embodiment of the American success story. Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page launched what became Google from a Stanford University dorm room.
Obama was asked by a Google employee what he was going to do to get past his experience gap. Polls show that one of the biggest problems Obama, 46, has with voters is his resume. Obama answered, “Sergey and Larry did not have a lot of experience starting a Fortune 100 company.”
The presidential candidate used his Google visit to unveil his technology innovation agenda. If president, he would name a chief technology officer, guarantee every American broadband access, and make sure whatever is the next Google is a U.S. company.
A Googler asked Obama what he learned about how President Bill Clinton got elected, and Obama said “a lot” — but his moment was gone and his was still to come.
“The reason I am running and the reason I believe I am going to win is because we are in a different moment. So you can’t just copy what Bill Clinton did, but you have to take the same approach.”