Steve Jobs: Conservative Obama Critic

Friday, 21 Oct 2011 11:41 AM

By James Hirsen

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The upcoming biography of Steve Jobs reveals that the late Apple co-founder and CEO was highly critical of President Barack Obama’s policies.

Jobs also went as far as to predict that Obama would not win reelection.

Revelations in Walter Isaacson’s highly anticipated book include a meeting between Jobs and Obama, which took place in San Francisco.

A copy of the book has been obtained by the Huffington Post. The website describes Jobs as someone who over time “seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.”

When the two high-powered individuals had a chance to meet face-to-face, at the outset Obama was handed some startling and likely distasteful news from Jobs.

"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he said.

The tech visionary chastised the Obama administration for its policies toward business. Jobs even contrasted the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" create difficulty for businesses, with the much more fluid regulatory atmosphere in China, which allows factories to be built more simply and expeditiously.

According to Isaacson’s book, Jobs also condemned the teachers' union as having a negative effect on American education and assessed that the country had been "crippled by union work rules."

"Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform," the Apple chief noted.

Jobs's proposal was to give principals the power to hire and fire teachers based upon their merit. He additionally suggested that schools remain in session until 6 p.m. and that classrooms stay open for 11 months out of the year.

Despite having offered to assist with the Obama campaign ads for 2012, Jobs was not particularly impressed by the current president.

He told Isaacson that Obama’s focus on why things didn't get done infuriated him.


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