With Steve Job’s biography hitting the bookshelves, salacious excerpts have begun to be leaked to the press; including a revelation that the late Apple CEO once told U.S. President Barack Obama he was “headed for a one-term presidency.”
Walter Isaacson’s authorized account of Jobs’ life goes on sale Oct. 24. The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs and over 100 additional discussions with family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues. Isaacson chronicles “the roller coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing,” according to a Simon & Schuster summary of the book.
Jobs: “You’re heading for a one-term presidency.”
According to the Huffington Post, Jobs’ warning to Obama came during a meeting in San Francisco that Jobs took five days to agree to attend. He told Obama the U.S. wasn’t business-friendly enough, citing over-regulation and unnecessary costs. Jobs also said the U.S. education system was “crippled by union work rules” and school principals should be allowed to hire and fire teachers based on merit. Schools should also stay open until 6 p.m. and be in session 11 months of the year, an extensive blog post stated.
Isaacson also relates that Jobs was not very impressed with Obama and said the president’s focus on the reasons things can’t get done infuriated him. Despite this seemingly fractious relationship, Jobs offered to help create Obama’s 2012 political campaign ads.
Jobs on Bill Gates
The book excerpts published by the Huffington Post also indicate Bill Gates was fascinated by Jobs but found him “flawed as a human being” as he was “either in the mode of saying you were shit or trying to seduce you.”
Jobs was equally caustic in relation to Gates, saying: “Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” the Huffington Post article stated.
Jobs on Dying
Jobs’ recent death was attributed to a rare form of pancreatic cancer that ravaged the Apple CEO’s body. After an initial diagnosis, Jobs waited nine months before surgery because he felt homeopathic remedies would cure him. Isaacson touches on the late days of Jobs’ life and regrets he had regarding the illness.
In a 60 Minutes interview, Isaacson said he thought Jobs felt if something was ignored it would go away with “magical thinking.” Of Jobs’ pending death, Isaacson said, “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it… I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”