The Huffington Post has gotten a copy of the soon to be released biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and there are some snippets that are destined to anger Obama-loving media members across the fruited plain.
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.
Jobs, who was known for his stubborn personality, almost missed meeting with President Obama in the autumn 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, Huffington Post reports.
When he finally relented and they met at the West in San Francisco Airport, Jobs was blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” he told Obama at the start of their meeting and insisted 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.
Jobs also criticized America’s education system and said that 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.
In the biography Isaacson also mentions Jobs’ meeting of his biological father. Jobs, who was adopted, was a customer at a Mediterranean restaurant north of San Jose without realizing that it was owned by his biological father — from whom he was estranged.
He eventually met his real Dad — “It was amazing,” he later said of the revelation. “I had been to that restaurant a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.”
Isaacson’s biography of Jobs will come out next week. Isaacson will also appear on 60 Minutes to discuss the biography on Sunday.
For his first interview about the book, Isaacson talked to “60 Minutes” for the Sunday, Oct. 23 episode, telling host Steve Kroft that he was shocked about Jobs’s decision to initially skip surgery for his pancreatic cancer — that such a genius could make such a wrong decision about his own health.
“I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened … I didn’t want to be violated in that way,’ said Isaacson.
“I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking. … We talked about this a lot,” he told Kroft. “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it. … I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.” [via Huff Post and Business Insider]