Apple CEO Tim Cook’s reveal

“As Tim Cook becomes more comfortable on center stage as Apple Inc.’s CEO, the public is starting to learn more about how past events shaped the intensely private man,” Tim Higgins reports for Bloomberg.

“Cook, who told [The] George Washington University’s graduating class over the weekend to fight injustice, drew on his experience growing up in 1970s Alabama of Governor George Wallace, where he saw firsthand segregation and the trampling of human rights,” Higgins reports. “Cook shared how his first trip to the U.S. capital left a lasting impression on him. It came after winning an essay contest at age 16 and shaking hands with Wallace, a vocal advocate for segregation, at an awards ceremony. ‘I shook his hand, as we were expected to, but shaking his hand felt like a betrayal of own beliefs, it felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul,’ Cook said.”

“The remarks add more color to an otherwise sparse picture of Cook, who was Steve Jobs’s behind-the-scenes deputy for years,” Higgins reports. “While Cook took on a more public role when he became CEO in 2011, he has recently become more vocal and assertive about revealing details about himself. Here are some things we’ve learned about Cook during the past year.”

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  1. George Wallace: Democrat.

    As author Michael Scheuer stated, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism. Clearly, then, it is the Democratic Party that owes black Americans an apology – not the Republican Party, nor the United States of America.

    The time is long overdue for the Democratic Party to apologize for that party’s nearly 200-year history of racism and cease using racial politics for partisan political gain. Only then can we finally end the racial divisiveness that has torn our nation asunder.

    • Slavery: Democrats Fought to Expand It – Republicans Fought to End It
    • The Civil War: Democrats Seceded From The Union to Preserve Slavery
    • Segregation: Democrats Opposed Civil Rights – Republicans Championed Civil Rights
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was A Republican
    • Republicans Pushed To Achieve The “Brown v. Board of Education” Decision

    Source: National Black Republican Association

    1. This is a little historical fact that seems lost on vast majority of Americans. At some point during the 20th century, the two American parties essentially switched sides, practically completely. For the longest time, Republicans were progressive, and democrats were the backward, conservative ones. Something happened along the way (story is long and complicated), and they completely swapped their roles, with republicans now pulling the country back into the middle ages… Fascinating stuff!

      1. The Republicans are pulling the country back to a time when it didn’t exist?

        Whatever, genius, with your “historical facts.” Keep watching MSNBC all by your lonesome.

        1. > The Republicans are pulling the country back to a time when it didn’t exist?

          Exactly right. But don’t worry, the Democrats are right beside them. With the US constitution being negated rapidly, both parties are well on their way.

      2. It wasn’t at some time, it was right after the Democratic administration of LBJ managed to get The Civil Rights and Voting Rights laws enacted that the Dixiecrats switched sides and became Republicans. It was the quickest decline in the average IQ of the Republican Party ever witnessed.

        1. So funny and so true. However the Republican Party is now so focused on getting themselves and their supporters to be rich and powerful that it’s really scary.

          1. I think it will be amazing when the gun nuts wake up and figure out who it is they are going to have to shoot to straighten the country back out.(To quote Pogo “We have met the enemy and he is US!) I prefer the ballot box myself, but make no predictions.

          2. Both parties include extremely rich and powerful individuals. I don’t think Bill Gates is a Republican. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be rich. There is security for one’s self and family by doing so. Wealth is not a zero sum game. But that is what the Dems want the populace to think: if someone is wealthy, that’s the reason why you are not. Point, if you wish, at individuals that obtain their wealth or power by nefarious means, but not at “Republicans” in general. Most Republicans want to earn their own way without huge bureaucracies creating so much friction. Republicans aren’t jealous of their neighbor’s wealth, they think “what can I learn from that person?” I am happy to affiliate with a party that says “we want you to be rich!” As long as the policies they propose make the opportunities available to all citizens.

      3. If current America is what Democrat Progressives call a successful achievement advancing this nation forward from the middle ages, “No Thanks!”

    2. This is pretty ridiculous, the democratic party of the 1860s is nothing like the party of today, just as the republican party of that time is now replaced with the democrats of the 1860s. Asking democrats to apologize for bad policy of over 100 years ago is rich coming from a party that pushes said policy today.

      1. “just as the republican party of that time is now replaced with the democrats of the 1860s”

        That is a ludicrous statement. Here are some facts:
        • Pres Eisenhower, Republican, integrated the US Military.
        • In the passing of the ’64 Civil Rights Act, it was Republicans that led the passing in Congress. House: 80% Republican vs 63% Democrats voted for passing; in the Senate it was 82% Republican vs 69% Democrat.

        Your a victim of the BIG LIE; the one that Republicans are racist and Democrats are not. It’s been echoed by ignorant, brainwashed people such as yourself since the 1960’s that is now easy to believe…unless you do a little homework. Once the Democrats were humiliated by their overt racism of Jim Crow laws and the KKK (yes, all stalwart Democrats; and going strong in the 1960s, not the 1860s), they pulled this Big Lie out and made it the Number 1 plank in their platform. It’s a great Leftest tactic. Smear your opponents with the Big Lie until its impossible not to believe. How many racist Republicans do you personally know? How many Democrat racists to you personally know. I know both kinds are out there, but the myth that they all reside in the Republican party is simply a political sledgehammer that the Democrat Party leaders like swing around with no consideration of the damage they do the country in process.

    3. Democrats really don’t like to be informed that the KKK started out as the terrorist wing of the Democratic party in the occupied south. The KKK and the Democratic party were the forerunner of the IRA/Sinn Fein arrangement in Ireland.

      -jcr

    4. That you honestly believe that the truth of the past is still applicable to the present, then you are beyond delusional.

      The Republicans that supported civil rights were moderates and liberals, they were not the conservative Republicans the likes of Reagan, Bush, and Limbaugh who sprung from Barry Goldwater’s ideologies.

      It was, in fact the conservatives who were opposed to Civil Rights, and yes, at the time Democrats were the conservative party.

      However, that was then… As the Republican party became more ideologically conservative in the post-Goldwater era, they increasingly used racially divisive politics for electoral gain. While at the same time the Democratic party became more racially inclusive. In fact, every black senator since 1979 has been a Democrat, as is every black member of the House.

      And yes, while it is true that MLK was a Republican, he was not Conservative, in fact in the latter years of his life, he ran what he called “The Poor People’s Campaign” whose tenets were even farther to the left than those of current Democrats, let alone the Republicans.

      So, to put this in the realm of Democrat/Republican is inaccurate and misleading on a scale that Fox ‘News’ couldn’t even emulate. This is about the ideological differences between conservative and liberal philosophies. Conservatives are and always have been racist, self serving, arrogant egomaniacs, and Liberals have always been the opposite. The political houses in which they sit have changed in the last 40 years, and the fact that you thump the Republican banner as an unabashed conservative while using the past actions of liberal an moderate politicians to somehow validate your position is either among the most disgusting bits of attempted manipulation I’ve encountered, or evidence of just how completely stupid you really are.

      In either case, it points to the larger issue of blind ‘brand loyalty’ I see so often among the intellectually rigid. If you actually pay attention, and cared about things such as Civil Rights, then you would support those (liberal) policies without even thinking about whether the source of same had a D or an R after their name. Politics has devolved into some sort of team sport where people such as YOU tout the virtues of the Republicans, and trash those of the Democrats irrespective of their idealogical roots. Perhaps you should stop trying to keep score, first/then, and focus instead on what will actually make the world a better place. Hint: it is not, and has never been conservatism (unless you like discrimination, recession, and the propagation of ignorance).

      1. Way to kick butt, GruvDOne! You said everything that needs to be said, and the only thing with which I can take issue is your comment about Fox News. I do not believe that there is a limit on the “misleading and inaccurate” scale of Fox News.

    5. That’s just stupid. The Republican Party then and now are not the same thing. Same goes for Dems. Do you think the party of Lincoln would be on board with the Repubs of today? Doubt it. Please take your politics to a political blog and keep it off a tech site. America doesn’t owe an apology for slavery? God, you’re are dumb.

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