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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Speaking at Google, Obama Promises Nation’s First CTO

By Robert Gorell
November 15th, 2007

The Google Public Policy Blog offers a recap of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s visit to the Googleplex yesterday. According to the blog, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt didn’t waste any time getting to the tough questions:

Barack Obama added another “first” to his already notable list yesterday: he became the first U.S. presidential candidate — and, I’m guessing, the first high-level elected official in any country — to have a ready answer to a standard Google engineering interview question. Asked by Eric Schmidt about “the most efficient way to sort a million 32-bit integers,” Sen. Obama replied that “the bubble sort would be the wrong way to go.” Though some might view this as shameless pandering to the bucket-sorting community, others will see a bold pragmatism.

Obama then reaffirmed his stance on Net Neutrality, and offered the following vision for transparency between the United States government and its electorate:

I’ll put government data online in universally accessible formats. I’ll let citizens track federal grants, contracts, earmarks, and lobbyist contacts. I’ll let you participate in government forums, ask questions in real time, offer suggestions that will be reviewed before decisions are made, and let you comment on legislation before it is signed. And to ensure that every government agency is meeting 21st century standards, I’ll appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer.

Is this just another campaign promise? We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can see video of Schmidt’s “fireside chat”-style job interview with Obama in its entirety at Google Public Policy Blog.

No word yet on whether Senator Obama consumed his weight in free sushi at the company’s all-you-can-eat gourmet cafeteria. But rest assured that the issue has a good chance of coming up during tonight’s televised debate among Democratic Party candidates (yes, there’s another one).

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Comments (6)

  1. I’d much rather have a quality Chief Financial Officer than a CTO.

    ~ Jason ~

    P.S. Ron Paul for President

  2. That’d be amazing if he could get all those things done. To his credit his entire campaign has been about transparency in government and giving the power back to the people. It’s not like this is something he threw together before visiting google.

  3. If you prefer French you can will see this article of this subject.

  4. [...] or at least this speaker for Obama gets it. We need that in our next president, and if we get a National CTO, what is being discussed below becomes even more [...]

  5. [...] logs, Google Analytics and Gmail ???. Timing is also perfect, with the context that Eric has a cordial relationship with president elect Obama. Surely, obama knows the bubble [...]

  6. Thank You!! Goooooood.[Home & Garden]

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