Steve Jobs Biography: Clinton Asked Jobs’ Advice About Lewinsky Scandal

The biography of Steve Jobs has revealed that former president Bill Clinton consulted the Apple boss on what to do about his affair with Monica Lewinsky during a late night telephone call.

Bill Clinton sought the advice of Steve Jobs on handling the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal in 1998 in a late-night phone conversation, according to a new biography of the late Apple co-founder. Photo: LeStudio1/Flickr

According to Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, Clinton consulted Jobs on how to handle the Monica Lewinsky scandal that erupted in 1998 during a “late-night phone conversation” between the two men.

Jobs reportedly replied: “I don’t know if you did it, but if so, you’ve got to tell the country.” According to Isaacson, after Jobs delivered his advice: ‘There was silence on the other end of the line.’

It is unclear whether the advice to go public was welcome. For there was a long silence on the other end of the phone after he gave his response, according to Mr Jobs’s biographer Walter Isaacson.

Mr Clinton was known for placing calls from the Oval Office as he worked late, but it is raising eyebrows that he sought the counsel of theSilicon Valleyinnovator on such a sensitive political and personal controversy.

Mr Jobs later sought a striking favour of his own from Mr Clinton, according to Mr Isaacson. When working on his iconic “Think Different” ad campaign, he asked the president to put a call into Tom Hanks to ask him to narrate the commercial. Mr Clinton declined.

Shortly after Jobs’ death, Clintonspoke about his friendship with the Apple co-founder during an interview with Time’s Managing Editor Richard Stengel.

“When my daughter was at Stanford he got in touch with me, and said, ‘It’s hard to travel to see your child when you’re President. I’ve got a place out in the country. You and Hillary can stay there and bring Chelsea and her friends there anytime you want to,'”Clinton recalled.

“He gave me a priceless gift: the opportunity to see my child while I was still a very public figure, so I’m highly biased in his favor. Plus, even I can work an iPad.”

On the night Jobs died, Clinton again remembered Jobs’ kindness to the Clinton family.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs,” Clinton said. “His passion for his work and his courage in fighting his cancer were an inspiration to us all. Hillary and I will always be especially grateful for his personal kindness to us when Chelsea was at Stanford.”

The biography of Steve Jobs is based on more than forty interviews with him, as well as comments from scores of close family, friends, workmates and rivals.

The new biography, which will be published on Monday, reveals intimidate details of Mr Jobs’s relationships and conversations with famous names ranging from fellow tech pioneers to show business stars and political leaders.

Jobs’ love of music was said to be seminal to developing the Apple brand with Bob Dylan being one of his heroes.

However he was less impressed when it came to meeting Mick Jagger, saying: ‘I think he was on drugs. Either that or he’s brain damaged.’ [via Huff Post, The Telegraph and Daily Mail]

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