The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg spoke with Apple Board of Directors member Al Gore at AllThingsD’s AsiaD.
Some snippets of Gores’ comments, paraphrased and quoted mixed:
• [Steve Jobs’ memorial service was] a beautiful and moving event… It’s a terrible loss, of course, for the entire world. We’ll all miss Steve. But for all of his inventions — “among them all, I actually think his greatest work was Apple itself.” …Steve cultivated a team, “and we had discussions at every single board meeting, for several years, about cultivating that team.” No one will replace him, and he’s totally unique. “And yet, he also served on the board of Disney … and he used to talk initially about how, after Walt Disney died, the company always got in trouble about asking ‘what would Walt do in this situation?’ And he made it very clear: ‘I don’t want that.’ He made it clear to Tim Cook and everyone else. ‘Don’t ask what Steve would have done. Follow your own voice.'”
• You have more pollution than ever… Mossberg: “But wait — isn’t a democrat in the White House? Isn’t that your party?” Gore: I’ve expressed disappointment. I give [Obama] advice, and most of the problem is in the Senate, which is totally broken. But the White House has pulled back from enviornmental reform, and that’s disappointing.
• As for Apple board, I won’t talk about what goes on inside. But I will say this “I have the deepest respect for my fellow board members, we’re all very good friends… I think that people who specialize in kibitzing about these things — I respect them, it’s good for them to think about this kind of stuff, but I wouldn’t change a thing about the way the Apple board has operated.” We handled privacy and medical issues and succession all corrrectly there. “If you were running a corporation, and you had a star-studded executive team, would you really think it would be a smart thing to lay out in public, your thinking about who’s going to move to what position over the next couple years? Of course not!”
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