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“To the Trilateral Commission and Its New Leader–Watson”

The White House has posted a single photo from the Silicon Valley dinner President Obama attended last night. Beyond confirming the guest list that made the rounds Thursday, it’s largely unremarkable–unless you’re inclined to see great import in the seating arrangement at the dining table.

At the president’s right hand, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; at his left, Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And when Obama looked across the centerpiece, there were the piercing eyes of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Note that Jobs and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are safely separated, in keeping with the first rule of dinner-party seating–avoid fistfights.

The theme of the evening’s conversation? Said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “The president specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire.”

[Image credit: Flickr/WhiteHouse]