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Steve Jobs to Obama: You're a One-Term President

A Steve Jobs only comes along once a century, if the world is that lucky.  The man that changed the world for the better over five times would wow audiences with the truly magical devices he and his team at Apple created.  The one oddity about this genius were his politics: he was a liberal that donated to Democrats.  It simply didn't make sense.  For devout Apple fans, we often put that aside and looked at the bigger picture.  With his wealth, it was certainly possible that he was wealthy enough to be liberal.  No, he wasn't an unabashed liberal, like, say, the chief creep at Google, Eric Schmidt.  Jobs often kept his politics to himself, which made sense because he was the arguably the modern face of capitalism.  But some new details in an upcoming biography will surprise conservatives and anger liberals. 

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"Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson hits shelves on Monday.  For Apple fanatics, it will be the last great tale of the man that reinvented five industries; a man that brought happiness to millions of people throughout the world.  For conservatives, though, new light will be shed on his politics, which were not as liberal as most once thought.  

A few excerpts have leaked from the biography, showing how Steve Jobs' personality even sparred with the world's greatest narcissist, President Barack Obama.  Jobs was always known to be blunt, which explains him putting Obama in his place about the 2012 election.  Additionally, Jobs was very conservative on the notion of school choice.  

From the Huffington Post:

Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost missed meeting President Obama in the fall of 2010 because he insisted that the president personally ask him for a meeting. Though his wife told him that Obama "was really psyched to meet with you," Jobs insisted on the personal invitation, and the standoff lasted for five days. When he finally relented and they met at the Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs was characteristically blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.

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

It's refreshing to see that such a brilliant man had a side to him that nobody really ever got to see.  What's funny, though, is how the White House minions, including David Axelrod, still thought they knew better how to handle things than Steve Jobs.  What typical liberals: they always know what's best for everyone else, even when that someone else is a genius that started changing the world out of his parent's garage.

Chuck Justice is the editor-in-chief for Habledash.


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