(NEW YORK) -- Steve Jobs reportedly warned President Obama that he was “headed for a one-term presidency,” according to Walter Isaacson’s new biography of the Apple CEO.
The warning came at a meeting last year, where Jobs told Obama that the White House needed to be more business friendly, citing China’s competitive advantage and the lagging education system in the U.S., according to the Huffington Post, which obtained a copy of Isaacson’s new book.
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” Jobs told the president, explaining the ease of building factories in China as opposed to the U.S. where “regulations and unnecessary costs” make it more difficult.
As for education, Jobs said the U.S. system was “crippled” by the unions. “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform,” Jobs reportedly said. Instead he argued that teacher be evaluated based on merit and that schools stay open 11 months a year to better compete.
Jobs almost missed the meeting with Obama last fall, insisting that he receive a personal invitation from the president. The standoff reportedly lasted for five days until Jobs finally gave in and the two decided to met at the Westin at the San Francisco airport.
The Apple co-founder had also suggested that Obama meet with additional CEO’s, but was miffed when the White House added more names to the list and Jobs insisted that the event was growing too big, later saying “he had no intention of coming.” Jobs apparently also took issue with the menu, saying the shrimp, cod and lentil salad was “far too fancy.” He also objected to a chocolate truffle but backed down when the White House stressed the president’s fondness for the dessert.
After the meeting, Jobs reportedly told Isaacson that the president’s focus on the reasons things could not get done “infuriates” him. Despite being unimpressed by Obama, Jobs offered to help create political ads for the 2012 campaign, an offer he had also made in 2008. Jobs stayed in touch with the president and the two talked by phone a few more times.
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