Steve Jobs to Obama: You could be a one-termer
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was so fed up with President Obama’s approach to big business that he told Obama that he could be turned out of the White House in 2012 as a result. ROBERT GALBRAITH REUTERS
According to a new biography by Walter Isaacson, which was leaked to several outlets, in a fall 2010 meeting, Jobs had harsh words for Obama, known for his love of Apple products.
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” Jobs said to Obama, who met with Jobs in a Westin in San Francisco.
The Huffington Post got a copy of the book and reveals that Jobs told Obama to ease up on regulations that were crippling American businesses, and giving China an edge. Jobs also had harsh words for teachers’ unions, arguing that they had something of a stranglehold on the education system.
“Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform,” Jobs said, sounding every bit like a Republican.
Yet, Jobs also offered to aid Obama’s 2012 campaign, saying that he could create political ads. Issacson writes that Jobs was infuriated with Obama’s reasons that things weren’t getting done in Washington.
“He had made the same offer in 2008, but he’d become annoyed when Obama’s strategist David Axelrod wasn’t totally deferential,” writes Isaacson.
On Sunday evening, Isaacson will appear on 60 Minutes. Watch that video preview below.