HILLSBORO, Ore. — President Obama took his "Winning the Future" message to Oregon on Friday, praising Intel Corp. for creating jobs in America.
Obama, who spent Thursday night outside San Francisco with leaders of the technology industry, toured the Intel Corp. here, examining student science projects and microchip manufacturing.
The president seemed genuinely awed by the technological demonstrations
he saw, both those by Intel engineers and those of high-school and
middle-school students who showed Obama their prize-winning ideas.
During his remarks, Obama said that what he has seen at Intel "makes me optimistic about America's future."
"Basically, if we want to win the future, we have to out-build, out-innovate, out-educate and out-hustle the rest of the world," Obama said to applause. "That's what we've got to do."
Obama referenced his budget, saying, "Even as we live within our means, we can't sacrifice investments in our future."
The trip comes on the heels of Obama's announcement that Intel CEO and President Paul Otellini had been named to the president's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Otellini, in introducing Obama, announced to the Intel workers that the company will soon make another "multibillion-dollar investment" when it begins work on a $5 billion manufacturing facility in Arizona that will be "the most advanced high-volume semiconductor factory in the world."
On Thursday night, just outside of San Francisco, Obama dined with tech leaders like Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg and Apple's Steve Jobs.