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A Google head hosts president, DNC fundraiser

President Obama attended an exclusive Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday at the Northern California home belonging to Google's newly named chief of local and geolocation technology and her husband.

Prior to the $30,000-a-head fundraiser in Palo Alto, Obama had met with Marissa Meyer of Google years ago, while he was an Illinois state senator. He said he drew inspiration from that meeting.

"It spoke to the ... American idea, that if we're innovating, if people have the tools to let their imaginations run, then there's nothing we can't do in this country," President Obama said, later noting the economy is going through a rough patch and his administration is dealing with why more Googles have not been arrived.

The uplifting, good-will feeling was mutually shared by Meyer when she introduced the president..

"As an engineer in Silicon Valley, I'm very optimistic" that the foundation for "a strong and healthy economy" has been laid, Mayer reportedly said. "Tonight is really about camaraderie, as well as about optimism...these are two traits that have really drawn a lot of us to the president," she said.

She also mentioned that the garage in which Hewlett-Packard was founded was within a few blocks.

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