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.”

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113 Comments

  1. 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

    So much for “yes we can” …

    1. You can’t say yes to everything, especially if it is contrary to what you stand for. What made you think “Yes We Can” would mean “Yes Steve, the US, the world’s dominant superpower, can lower its emissions standards to match those of world-renouned polluter and exploiter of cheap labour China?”

  2. The Black Jesus, Barry Soetoto, a one term president? You betcha! Not only that but he’ll be remembered as the president who degraded and disgraced the office of president taking vacations and playing golf while the highest number of Americans remain jobless. Instead of creating jobs what does he do? Increase the entitlement program so those with jobs will feel the whiplash of the IRS and anti business government establishment on their already raw backs. But then what do you expect from a Kenyan wealth destroyer – they’re used to the kind of poverty inducing policies back in the land of the corrupt. Barry, your Soviet policies aren’t working. Even China has abandoned communism. Fidel & The Black Jesus seem to be the only communist holdouts left. Welcome to the Kim Jong Il club of economic doofuses.

    1. YOUR ARE A …. Numb-skull!!! While Americans are waiting for those disproportionate wages, the jobs are going to people (around the world) who will do those jobs to put food on the table. Your hyperbole is boring and dangerous. American will be a beautiful place, but broke. How are you going to make the chinese play by your Enviro-Nazi rules?

  3. The rise of unions and in particular the state’s employees which are effectively unions is being hotly criticized for causing ruin…in the EU presently, if you are following how bad it is there…and it is much worse than the U.S.

    The future of the US is staring us in the face if we face East!

    Dumb down our schools and our leaders and that is what we get and all average citizens will be impoverished as the inflation ruins what they have saved over their entire lives.

    This is why Germans are so scared of debt & inflation.

  4. Jobs was a loyal, elitist Marxist to the end, but the politics of Marism was a bit beyond him. You have to destroy the middle class – bourgeoise – before you can make them automatons in factories, obeying Big Brother dictates. You idiot Jobs worshippers need to read 1984 as well as the history of so-called Marxism. Little known fact; Marx realized a vibrant middle class was necessary and had to flee Europe to England for his life. While his embracemnt of the need for the bourgeois put him on the outs of the communist/collective movement, he was a big believer in it to the end. Read 1984 and you’ll see we’re just about there.

  5. I don’t think that the US or any Western country should be throwing away their emissions standards to match those of China. This week it was reported that a factory making aluminium bodies of MacBooks in China was shut down for releasing hazardous vapour into the air. Workers also do not have the same rights and protection that they do in the West. Steve Jobs was speaking as a corporatist to the US President. If he was indeed right that Obama will have one term, it would be one term for the right reasons.

  6. Cue Rush Limbaugh and all the crazies from the Right that will jump on this.

    Just because Jobs allegedly said this doesn’t mean he was a Republican. He was probably just very frustrated as most liberals are with Obama.

    1. “Just because Jobs allegedly said this doesn’t mean he was a Republican. He was probably just very frustrated as most liberals are with Obama.”

      Frustrated about what? I’d be interested in hearing this.

      1. From what I understand, the left is frustrated due to Obama’s continued insistence on trying to actually work with the Party of No, which led to weakened versions of the ideas he’s pushed.

        (Of course, without that willingness to compromise, he’d have accomplished even less.)

  7. Jobs’ way of thinking was “for the poeple” .
    A way thinking that we as Americians have not seen in a president in decades…I have great respect for the “Office of President & Country” but not the man, he has to earn it.

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