Obama to meet with business leaders in California

WASHINGTON Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:48pm EST

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President Barack Obama talks about Egypt at a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington February 4, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet on Thursday evening with business leaders in technology and innovation during a trip to the San Francisco Bay area.

The meeting is part of an effort by the Obama administration to reach out to the business community after strains in their relationship.

A White House official said Obama and the business leaders would discuss the president's goal of promoting exports and investing in research and development, education and clean energy.

The San Francisco trip is part of a two-day West Coast swing. On Friday, Obama will stop in Hillsboro, Oregon to visit Intel.

(Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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