Steve Jobs Warned Obama of Becoming a One-Term President, Offered Education Ideas
Steve Jobs and President Barack Obama are two if the most iconic and important figures of our time. The late founder of Apple, Jobs was a creative genius and captain of industry and Barack Obama is, of course, the dynamic politician who captivated the nation with a messages of hope and change in one of its darker hours.
Today the release of Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs: A Biography is giving a the world a glimpse of what happened when these great minds connected. Representing the private sector and big business, it seems that Jobs had a few choice words of advice for the POTUS leading a country in the midst of economic crisis.
According to the Huffington Post Jobs offered to create political ads for Obama’s 2012 re-election bid despite his distaste for some of the Obama administrations economic policies.
The two met in fall 2010 at a San Francisco hotel to discuss education, the economy and the needs of innovative businesses like Apple. In typical fashion Jobs was straight forward with his assessment, reportedly telling Obama “You’re headed for a one-term presidency.” He later explained that the administration needed to be more friendly to businesses so that they could compete with foreign powers like China. Jobs used the example of the ease of building a factory in China versus the red tape required to build the same factory in the U.S. to illustrate his point. The call for less regulation was a decidedly right wing opinion from a man known as a “hippy” in his younger days.
His right-leaning perspective is also apparent in his take on education; Jobs thought that teachers’ unions were partially to blame for poorly performing students and schools. He’s quoted as saying “”Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” He proposed that faculty be held to much higher standards and that students should be made to work harder with school days ending at 6 p.m. and school year that spanned 11 months of the year. According to Jobs principals should be empowered to hire and dismiss teaching staff based on merit.
What do you think of Jobs ideas? Are businesses too strictly regulated? Are unions partly responsible for poor educators and underachieving students? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.