IBM’s CEO at the White House with President Obama

I was relaxing one evening at my hotel in Barcelona, watching CNN, when all of a sudden I see Sam Palmisano, IBM CEO, alongside US President Barack Obama. I read on our corporate intranet that Palmisano presented his remarks on the economic stimulus plan to the White House, had no idea he actually met with Pres. Obama.

IBM CEO, Sam Palmisano, participated in a roundtable discussion of business leaders with President Obama to discuss the economy. Sam was also asked to give a brief speech.
My colleagues Todd (Turbo) Watson and Adam Christensen already wrote about this, with links to the video from CNBC and the transcript.

Sam visits the White House – Todd Watson
Economic stimulus remarks from IBM’s CEO – A Smarter Planet (Adam Christensen)
A smarter planet: The next leadership agenda – Council on Foriegn Relations
Government investment could lead to 900,000 IT jobs – eWeek
Samuel J. Palmisano –

3 Responses to “IBM’s CEO at the White House with President Obama”

  1. 1 John Turnbow February 2, 2009 at 02:16

    I’ll probably not get a “Thank You”, and I was probably not the only one to send an email to Presient Obama and Vice President (Yes I have direct email – not just listed) about how they could stop losing emails switching back to Notes…

  2. 2 Dvir Reznik February 3, 2009 at 02:54

    Totally agree with you John..
    The White House were a Lotus customer, but the Bush administration decided otherwise, back in 2000. Here’s what Ed had to say about it:

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. 3 dridan February 4, 2009 at 16:07

    1. How to Turn USA into IBM 2.0?
    The answer: The United States of Google?
    Imagine Google as the polling place that never closes, except now we—and not the pollsters—control the questions and our opinions
    2. How to do that?
    A Management Tip Sheet
    Google has succeeded by writing its own rules. Here are some lessons that managers in other industries may be able to apply

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