Google’s Eric Schmidt: Dining with Obama 2012 chief Messina in Chicago

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WASHINGTON–Google’s Eric Schmidt is dining Friday night with Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina in Chicago–at Cafe Spiaggia–the day after Obama hosted a townhall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.

I’m told by a Democratic source the Schmidt/Messina dinner at the upscale eatery on Michigan Avenue is part of the Obama team wooing and coordinating with the tech world–from developing relationships with the top honchos to developing the best mobile apps for political communication.

Obama Facebook townhall transcript is here.

Feb. 17: Obama dines with high tech leaders in Woodside, Calif. Among those present: Schmidt, FacebookCEO Mark Zuckerberg, Carol Bartz, Yahoo! President and CEO; Art Levinson, Genentech Chairman.

Flashback: Schmidt hosted Obama at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. during the Democratic primary campaign in November, 2007.

From my column then: “Google CEO Eric Schmidt tested the geek in Obama, asking him “the most efficient way to sort a million 32-bit intergers.” Obama, coming prepared said, “I think the bubble sort would be the wrong way to go,” which is, of course, as you all know, a computer science reference to a sorting algorithm.”

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