Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs meet: What are the other most awkward encounters in presidential history?

Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs meet: What are the other most awkward encounters in presidential history?

Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs meet: What are the other most awkward encounters in presidential history?

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Feb. 21 2011 7:00 AM

Awkward Presidential Encounters

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Slide Show: Awkward Presidential Encounters. Click image to expand.

On Thursday night in Silicon Valley, President Obama dined with a dozen technology leaders, including Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It may have been the most impressive presidential gathering of American innovators since Thomas Edison and Henry Ford visited Calvin Coolidge, but was it fun? Obama's dining partners are not known as slick conversationalists, and some of them have pushed for a world that favors digital interactions over social ones.

It was a meeting that could've been awkward. (It was closed to the press, so we will never know for sure.) If it was uncomfortable, it wouldn't be the first time a president has struggled through a high-profile but bizarre meeting. View a slide show of some of the strangest presidential encounters throughout history.

Click here to see a slide show of awkward presidential encounters.

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Elizabeth Weingarten is the director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative at New America and a senior fellow in the Better Life Lab program.