Jobs to Obama: You’re going to be a one-term president

Maybe Barack Obama doesn’t really want a second term. After all, he had arguably the nation’s most successful and popular CEO offering to help make his re-election campaign ads, giving him free advice on how to turn the economy around — and warning him he was in danger of losing in 2012.

But there’s scant evidence Obama actually listened to this man — a certain Apple co-founder named Steve Jobs, according to a preview of the forthcoming biography of the recently departed entrepreneur, as reported by the Huffington Post:

“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” [Jobs] told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting 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, saying 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.

Oh, Obama has tip-toed around the edges of education reform, though generally not in ways that really address the union problem, and of paring back a few regulations — while his administration continues to introduce a host of new regulations that it admits will cost industry billions and billions of dollars.

For all those who argue the “job creators” aren’t really held back by government interference, and that we’re really just suffering from a lack of demand: That’s Jobs, Coca-Cola’s Muhtar Kent, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and Wynn Resorts’ Steve Wynn — just off the top of my head — making such an argument. They represent a variety of industries, and most of them are making these arguments in spite of the fact that their own businesses aren’t struggling. Apple, for instance, is reportedly sitting on — that is, not investing — somewhere between $70 billion and $80 billion in cash.

But they can see why the broader economy is being held back. Will Obama ever listen to them?

– By Kyle Wingfield

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75 comments Add your comment

Jimmy62

October 21st, 2011
11:36 am

Kyle,
Facts don’t matter, and you know that. If anyone says anything that doesn’t toe the Democrat party line then they are either greedy, racist, or evil. Why bother?

HDB

October 21st, 2011
11:46 am

Question for Republicans: Do you want the US to look like the Mexican border….bad water and air quality, destroyed land and substandard living conditions?? We all know that business will NOT police itself. Although it may be easier for a factory to be built in China, what are they sacrificing…lead paint in toys, increased pollution…….

Out of Context

October 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Obama had arguably the nation’s most successful and popular CEO offering to help make his re-election campaign ads, giving him free advice on how to turn the economy around — and warning him he was in danger of losing in 2012.

JOBS WAS KNOWN TO BE BLUNT AND AROGANT AND A SOMEWHAT KNOW IT ALL. SO WHY DID JOBS OFFER TO DO OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN ADS FOR 2012? OBAMA’S ADVISOR WAS AGAINST JOBS DOING THE ADS NOT OBAMA.

dylandawg

October 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Yes, Jobs is a noted expert in the field of education. Obama should do what he says.

He is also right about China. I was there last summer and factories were going full throttle. They don’t need government telling them was is and what is not harmful to the environment. China is known for their lack of air pollution and clean water. Business will police themselves and always act in the best interest of the communites at large.

Gm

October 21st, 2011
11:54 am

Hey Kyle, how about all the job bills the rep party have passed? or how about all the jobs the rep party which have ruled Georgia for the last 12 years going?
Hey Kyle, how about Obama keeping Americans safe for the last 3 years by killing every known terroist thats a threat to America””’
Maybe if bush had of listen to our allies like Obama thousands of American soldiers lives would have not been lost”””””

hsn

October 21st, 2011
12:02 pm

Truth Be Told

October 21st, 2011
12:03 pm

“Jobs giving Obama free advice on how to turn the economy around”. As if Obama is a stupid uneducated man. Jobs may have been good at what he did but he did not know it all. If he knew it all he would have taken the traditional approach to his health instead he took the alternative and that may have sealed his fate. He could have lived if he had taken the advice of his doctors.

HOW ARROGANT OF JOBS. There go the white man again saying – “I am smarter than you and I know it all.”

carlosgvv

October 21st, 2011
12:11 pm

I “can see why the broader economy is being held back” too. Employers are piling more and more work on their existing employees, cutting their paid overtime and cutting their salaries. They can do this with impunity, knowing that in this bad job hiring situation, their employees won’t dare quit. So, these corporations are sitting on tons of cash which will go, no doubt, into their pockets as fat bonuses, while more and more American workers lose their jobs.

ByteMe

October 21st, 2011
12:15 pm

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.

Having to have teachers get paid for those extra hours is actually GOOD for the unions — which we don’t have in Georgia and look at how great our education is! Jobs was like many innovators who think they can be an expert in any field in which they have a passing interest. It’s like all those physics “scientists” who claim global warming isn’t happening when they have absolutely no understanding of climate science. They’re not your “go-to” guys for expert advice.

As for doing business like China does… are you really advocating that, Kyle? Really?? I think you need to start with having a large slave-labor base to work with. I guess short-changing the underclass the way Republicans like to do is one way to get there.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:24 pm

He used the 1 % talking points.

The gop blocked a vote on the President’s job bill again.

No jobs no cuts.

There is your deal cons..

jm

October 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

Obama’s economic czar Immelt of GE has said the same thing.

jm

October 21st, 2011
12:29 pm

Kyle, no he will not listen. He is too arrogant.

Kyle Wingfield

October 21st, 2011
12:31 pm

The point, Out of Context, is that Jobs wished Obama well — he wasn’t an adversary.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

Kyle,

He was the 1 % that outsourced manufacturing jobs to China for cheap labor. .

He used 1 % talking points.

Let him rip.

Are there any cons left with credibility?

Nope.

A little bird

October 21st, 2011
12:36 pm

All this shows is that Jobs was a megalomaniac, which is old news.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:37 pm

Politico.com: Obama at war with himself

Look, the guy is just an idiot. He doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t know how to do it even if he did know what to do. He doesn’t know the levers of power in Washington.

He just needs to be replaced in 2012.

Romney, Romney!

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

Getalife

Speaking of cred, you have none. :)

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:39 pm

It is willard’s turn to lose to our President.

I have credibility because I am usually right.

Tell them jm.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:41 pm

jm,

Tell them when I was proven wrong.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:42 pm

How’s occupy Buckhead going? :)

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

Day 36 of OWS and the American awakening :)

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:45 pm

Getalife. Everyday…….

The only point I suppose you have is that it is impossible to prove such a vacuous statement as “let him rip” as incorrect.

If you would lay off the methadone we might be able to have a serious discussion.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:47 pm

Getalife. You ever watch the “documentary” called “the 1%” with the Johnson family?

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:48 pm

Do you want to work like the Chinese Apple factories for a couple of dollars a day.

Their suicide rate was so bad they had to address it.

The 1 % want you to work like the Chinese and wages are dropping.

Stand up for your kids future

You are the 99% and so are your kids.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:50 pm

Getalife

Just chock a block full of slogans

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

jm,

You know I use the keep it simple arguments.

cons are a little slow so I have to dumb it down for ya :)

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

Getalife

Doesn’t work for ya though. Wouldn’t work for 45 minute diatribe Obama either.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

President Obama leaves Iraq as promised.

He got obl, daffy, aq and ending w’s occupations.

He deserves four more years.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
12:55 pm

“Do you want the US to look like the Mexican border….bad water and air quality, destroyed land and substandard living conditions??”

Ooops! You caught us, HDB! Yup, that EXACTLY what we want. Doesn’t everybody? :roll:

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:56 pm

Getalife. Romney is not calling for reducing the minimum wage

getalife

October 21st, 2011
12:56 pm

jm,

He is a lib.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

“how about Obama keeping Americans safe for the last 3 years by killing every known terroist thats a threat to America”

Every known terrorist? Really? :roll:

The hyperbole meter is pegging to the maximum today.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

Oh goody. 401k ceiling raised.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Getalife

Romney is not a lib. He will lower corporate tax rates. He will flatten the tax structure. He will reform Medicaid, Medicare, and obamacare .

getalife

October 21st, 2011
1:01 pm

ti,

Focusing on aq was the right strategy.

Look at actions and the outcome of those actions to see his long list of accomplishments.

We have to accept w’s actions lost us a decade of growth in our economy.

He lost 15 million jobs so recover all those lost jobs before we cut.

No jobs no cuts.

Junior Samples

October 21st, 2011
1:02 pm

I’m just surprised that Kyle spent time on the HuffPost.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:02 pm

“You are the 99% and so are your kids.”

Sorry, getaclue, but I’m too damned smart to be a 99% and so are my kids. From Boortz’s website today:

“Someone did at New York Magazine wrote an article: Are you smarter than a Wall Street Occupier?

84% of Occupiers cannot tell you what the Dodd-Frank Act is. Perhaps if they knew how the government is working to institutionalize the taxpayer bailout of too big to fail corporations, they would be protesting in Washington rather than Wall Street.

30% of Occupiers believe that top marginal income tax rate for the top 1% is 0 to 10%. And 32% believe that tax rate to be 10 to 25%. The correct answer is 35%. But that doesn’t include the Bush tax cuts that Democrats want to let expire. That would push the rate to 39.6%. And then there is this millionaires surtax. That’s another 5.6%. So we are pushing a 45% federal income tax rate for the top bracket … and a third of protestors believe this rate to be ten percent or less.

94% of Occupiers believe that the government spends more on the military than it does on healthcare and pensions. The correct answer is that 43% of government spending is on healthcare and pensions, while defense accounts for 20% of spending.”

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:04 pm

“Focusing on aq was the right strategy.”

So, you’re finally giving Bush some credit? Because that was HIS strategy as well. Results do not equal strategy, getaclue.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
1:05 pm

ti,

You lost me at you are not the 99 %.

That is a lie and you know it.

Why do you blindly fight for the 1 % when you are the 99 %.

Self defeatist?

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:05 pm

“We have to accept w’s actions lost us a decade of growth in our economy.”

We would if his actions actually did what you suggest but, well – they didn’t.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:06 pm

“You lost me”

Color me shocked.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
1:06 pm

ti,

Another lie.

w did not focus on aq or he would not occupied Iraq.

This is why cons have zero credibility.

You do nothing but lie.

Junior Samples

October 21st, 2011
1:07 pm

Does anyone want their kids working at a place like Foxconn?

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:08 pm

“Do you want to work like the Chinese Apple factories for a couple of dollars a day.”

Yeah, that’s EXACTLY what we all want to do, getaclue. You caught us as well! :roll:

Hyperbole running rather thick today . . .

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:12 pm

“w did not focus on aq or he would not occupied Iraq.”

While I have never supported the invasion if Iraq, I do actually realize that this government can, and does do, more than one thing at a time. Now, if all our troops had been removed from Iraq, and then within this President’s term a few top AQ leaders had been plunked, you might have a case, getaclue.

But sadly, you don’t.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
1:12 pm

You keep blindly fighting for the 1 % cons.

We will change the future for our kids without you.

We are the 99 %.

Jm

October 21st, 2011
1:13 pm

Ti, getalife has been lost for a while

getalife

October 21st, 2011
1:14 pm

ti,

Iran won the Iraq occupation because Iraq is allied with Iran not us.

That is the cold hard fact.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
1:18 pm

Anybody else want some of this debate?

Didn’t think so.

I own Kyle’s blog.

Bow down like you do for the 1 %.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

October 21st, 2011
1:19 pm

“Iran won the Iraq occupation because Iraq is allied with Iran not us.”

This comment is known as a deflection. Or a non-sequiter. I can’t figure out which.