Steve Jobs told Obama: ‘You’re headed for a one-term presidency’

“In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, ‘Steve Jobs,’ author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama’s 2012 campaign despite being highly critical of the administration’s policies,” The Huffington Post reports.

“The publication date of the official biography of the notoriously-secretive Apple co-founder was pushed up after his death in October,” The Huffington Post reports. “Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost missed meeting President Obama in the fall of 2010 because he insisted that the president personally ask him for a meeting. Though his wife told him that Obama “was really psyched to meet with you,” Jobs insisted on the personal invitation, and the standoff lasted for five days.”

“When he finally relented and they met at the Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs was characteristically blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative,” The Huffington Post reports. “‘You’re headed for a one-term presidency,’ he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where ‘regulations and unnecessary costs’ make it difficult for them.”

The Huffington Post reports, “Jobs also criticized America’s education system, saying it was ‘crippled by union work rules,’ noted Isaacson. ‘Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.’ Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year…. Though Jobs was not that impressed by Obama, later telling Isaacson that his focus on the reasons that things can’t get done ‘infuriates’ him, they kept in touch and talked by phone a few more times.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Steve Jobs via Apple’s iBookstore (U.S.16.99) here: Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson.

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113 Comments

    1. Actually, hate to say it, but he will not be a one-termer, so Steve wasn’t always right, nor are you. None of can be right all the time.

      The average American is not stupid enough to see what the heck is going on here. The Republicans will pay. In case you’re wondering, that’s a good thing…

        1. For better or worse, we won’t be seeing someone named “Generic Republican” on the ballot next November. The Republicans will nominate someone, and that someone will choose a running mate, and the American public will weigh the pros and cons of that team vs. Obama/Biden.

          1. Announcing Retirement, Dem Congressman Bashes Obama

            Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon — and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama’s track record on his way out.

            In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was “dismayed” by the administration’s “failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis.”

            “Home foreclosures are destroying communities and crushing our economy, and the Administration’s inaction is infuriating,” Cardoza said.

            http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/10/cardoza-to-anno.php

            Obama will lose, with unemployment above 8% at least and underemployment above 17% at least.

            It’s the economy, stupid.

            Romney-Cain in a landslide. iCal it.

            1. You’re the one that better iCal it pal. Seriously. You will be wrong. More than likely a recurring theme in your life anyway. Comical really.

            2. makmineamac,

              I may have the ticket wrong, but not the result. I will point back to this post on election night when the crystal clear results will prove me right. See you on November, 6, 2012.

      1. What’s going on here is 70 years of the warfare welfare state destroying the country. Hopefully you’re right and people will be smart enough to see what’s going on, and throw out jackasses like Obama and refuse to elect anyone who doesn’t actually plan to reform things.

        1. Engineer: no, America is not a “welfare state”. Let’s not blow relatively small issues out of proportion. Do yourself a favor and read UMA Professor Rich Wolf’s book, “Capitalism Hits the Fan”. Without attempting to point blame, he shows how the symptoms that partisans on both sides complain most about have roots in fundamental weaknesses in our economic system. Weaknesses that political parties refuse to discuss, let alone attempt to solve.

          Reality is that wages in the USA have stagnated for 40 years, which drove all kinds of social and economic bad behavior, as well as a marked decline in US competitive advantage and increasing social unrest and political division. Welfare dependency is only one small symptom, my friend.

          and to the partisan posters: your party sucks equally bad as the present administration, in some ways worse. both political parties are equally to blame for over 40 years of malfeasance, breach of public trust, and financial incompetence.

          1. Finally someone who gets it. He’s right partisan trolls, both of your parties are bought and paid for, and do NOT represent the people.

            As for wages, they are actually dropping, lowest median level since 1999. http://tinyurl.com/6cuvyvw

            What’s more, worker productivity is at an all time high, so fewer workers, working longer hours, for less pay, yet more productive. Seems the top is getting greedier and we are slaves. Work more to give the money right back, what a vicious cycle. And you sheep don’t even think about it.

            http://tinyurl.com/43qpvqs

            Meanwhile 3/4 of the money our government spends is on the military industrial complex and all anyone can howl about is “entitlements”. Seems we would rather wage imperial wars and send our sons and daughters to death than help our own. What a sad state of affairs..

            1. do you just make this crap up as you go or do you actually believe that nonsense? I noticed there was no link for that last load of bull… figuring no one would call you on it?

              Medcare, Medicaid and CHIP alone cost more than military spending and that’s without even starting to bring in the real welfare state expenses.

              here is the link you “missed” while making up your wild fantasies…

              http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1258

            2. And out come the chickenhawks..

              Chew on these numbers:

              http://costofwar.com/en/

              After you look at this number, try to think through your misplaced nationalism and bloodlust and ask yourself this simple question: “How many great things could this money been used for right here in the US”? Then ask yourself this: “How many American COW would there be”?

              As for my 3/4 figure, yeah, a slight exaggeration, but it IS approaching that. What you likely do not realize is that during the Vietnam era, the government accountants started including trust funds into the numbers (despite funds not coming from federal income taxes like the rest) to reduce the ratio to make military spending LOOK smaller on the pie charts. A subtle deception yes, but one chickenhawks like you overlook. So when you pull those numbers out, and put military retirement benefits on the defense slice, it was something like 54% of the fed budget for defense in 2009, then in 2010, it was projected to be 65%. Extrapolate those numbers and you can see where it is headed.

              Interestingly enough the fed likes to put the VA in the entitlement slice. Funny don’t you think? You chicken hawks send US to war (Yeah, I’m a Vet) then when we come back all screwed up, you patriotic, chest thumping neocons want to do away with our medical benefits.

        2. … christian if Obama WERE attempting to draw us closer to a “socialist state”. As Christ would have preferred. But, no. He would rather try to draw the supposedly-Christian NoPublicans into a dialogue regarding what we ought to be doing in this country. They suggest, suggest some more, then suggest some more, then – having gotten it just the way they said they wanted it – vote “NO!”.
          While I am disappointed in Obama, I can’t say as any of the other Democrats would have been any better – and it has been Decades!since I’ve seen a Republican I would prefer.

      2. What’s scary is that you actually believe he will and should be re-elected.

        Obama has been a disaster for our country. Elected out of anger for Bush, we’ve paid a terrible price for our reaction.

        1. So the solution is to elect some from the tea party side show? No, we need real solutions and the devil we know is better than the clown we don’t.

          If a really smart caring person who REALLY understood what was wrong showed, it would be elected by a landslide.

          1. Tea Party will save the US Smark, you ignorant fool. You liberals are completely clueless. Wages have not stagnated for 40 years. People have the best in the history of humans right now due to CAPITALISM and the US CONSTITUTION. Two things you commies hate. You want to pick the winners and losers. And under your failed, miserable, system there are very few winners and a lot of phonies and horrific suffering. No thanks. Tea Party will save the day. The flea party with their phony “protest” on wall street is the problem.

            1. @ Proud American:

              If you represent the Tea Party, then why would i support anyone who can’t even hold a civil discussion? Yes, spending is a problem. But if you call me an ignorant fool, then you’re obviously not listening to me and don’t want to hear anyone elses’ ideas. guess what — that’s the problem we have already! your representatives are acting like you do: refusing to hear your ideas because they already have lobbyists that they like more than you. think about it.

              I propose cutting foreign defense spending and all corporate subsidies. Both within the bounds of the constitution and capitalism. Why doesn’t ANY political party, including the Tea Party, support this necessary step towards fiscal sanity????

      3. makemineamac,

        You are a sick person. Please move to North Korea, Russia, or Iran where you will fit right in. That is the direction Maobama and liberals want to take this once great country. We true Americans will not let that happen. Landslide next November. You jack ass.

        1. Not the least bit surprised to hear that type of tripe from someone who calls themselves a “Patriot”. You’re clearly the furthest thing from it, and most-likely better defined not as a patriot, but a hick.

    2. Jobs was a Libertarian and Objectivist (e.g.: he read Atlas Shrugged), but he wasn’t super political, probably because he was highly sensitive to corruption.

      I can’t fault him for wasting time with that bastard, but realize he was probably trying to help people avoid some suffering from the continued corruption in the regime.

      Lets hope the republicans run a clean primary season this time, and Ron Paul rightfully gets the nomination. (Last time around, when Ron Paul was going to win various caucuses, they shut them down, or cancelled state conventions, etc, to keep him from getting the nomination. Corruption isn’t exclusive to jackasses.)

    3. If Steve didn’t want the current administration around, he likely wouldn’t have said anything. Rather, he was giving him advice to stay in.

      On a side note, why do Americans worship a political party like it’s a religion. There’s surprisingly LITTLE difference between any of the parties.

      1. There’s surprisingly LITTLE difference between any of the parties.

        Hear, hear! I remember a lesson in high school civics class where the teacher would would read a position from a presidential platform of elections gone by, and ask the class whether it was from a Republican or Democratic candidate. The class got them right about 50% of the time.

        1. That’s because GOOD Democrats years ago, like John F. Kennedy thought like a Republican! “Ask not what your country can do for YOU, as what YOU can do for your country!”

          That is NOT the platform of a Democrat today. They want the country milked dry from entitlements. I know plenty of able bodied people on Welfare, and see too many abuses of that program. The men enjoying hobbies and beer, and the women birthing themselves deeper into handouts from my pocket.

    4. So Steve Jobs was a Tea Partier and on the same page with Rush Limbaugh. I love it. There’s no way Steve could have been one of today’s liberal which means communist – dictator lover and freedom hater.

    5. Guess I’m with Herman Cain on this one: If you spend a lot of time whining about Obama, it’s probably because you’re too stupid to recognize your own failings.

      Yeah, talking to you “First”.

    1. In your dreams. Have you even looked at who the GOP is considering to run in 2012? Somehow I doubt that Democrats are quaking in their boots when they see Herman Cain, or Rick Perry, or Donald “The Donald” Trump being in the lead for that race.

      1. What is needed is a third, conservative party. The Teabaggers should have their own platform, lest their goals be diluted in Republican and corporate interests.

    1. Riiiight, because the way to solve the flight of US capital is to adopt the labor practices of China, with, you know, the suicide nets at the factories and the lead in kids’ toys.

  1. In my opinion, Steve Jobs (after leading Apple’s “renaissance”) had more “points of view” in common with Rush Limbaugh, than with Barrack Obama. And I’m not just talking about “hardware” preferences.

  2. And that is what made Jobs a great man. He could manage to find the courtesy to actually sit down even with those with different ideologies. While others close their minds and spew labels, he listened and shared. It’s a lesson many of the ideologs here on this forum should learn from a man we all admire.

    1. Um, no.

      “Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama’s 2012 campaign despite being highly critical of the administration’s policies.”

      First sentence of MDN’s excerpt, Voice of Delusion.

      The link to the full article is clearly provided for the rest of the info.

  3. Personally, I think jobs has a point. And I understand some people may argue what I’m about to say, but it’s just my opinion.

    Throughout Obama’s time in office, I have not seen any improvements In our nation or economy. In fact, with these stimuli us packages, he actually worsened our debt. And now, this is probobly the most debatable part about my opinion but may vary from person to person, he is proposing that we have higher unemployment benefits when we are clearly burried in debt and can not afford it.

    I have a feeling, and I could be wrong, that he is doing this to get people to vote for him in the upcoming election. But to be honest, it’s not worth it. This move will burry us in greater debt making our problem even more complicated than it already is.

    As for the education part, I think his proposal will do us some good.

    Like I said above, the points I have brought up are all completely debatable. But this is just how I understand the situation.

  4. I’m coming to the conclusion that Jobs was a bit a sanctimonious dick. Making the President of the United States bow and scrape before him? Sorry, people can have opinions about any WH occupant, but at least respect the office.

    1. Says who? The Huffington Post? Pfffffft. I don’t believe Steve Jobs would have pulled that and if so there may have been a reason why he “may” have done so. Bullying by the WH perhaps? Just a thought

    2. No politician deserves respect just because he is a politician. No president deserves a respect just because he is a president. Regardless which freaking party he represents. Jobs knew his value and he knew he was right. If the president wanted to talk to him, all he needed was to call. I am glad to hear that Jobs insisted on that. Steve may have given the best and most honest advice that Obama received in the whole presidency. A critical advice, yes, but still a friendly one, not from a point of view opposition who just wants to see him fail and be gone.

    3. I Respect the office just not the occupant.
      I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt especially when he was first elected and said it was going to be the most transparent admin ever and there’d be no lobbyists working in his admin (both were scrapped in months). I also hoped he’d role back some of the invasive parts of the Patriot Act, he’s expanded them.
      Then the bowing/apology national tour.
      That was it for me.
      He needs to show respect for our/his country and (while sometimes flawed) the great things we have accomplished.

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