Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had some straight-talk moments with President Obama in the fall of 2010.
Steve Jobs had a few remarks (tips?) for President Obama in the fall of 2010, including that the president was to be a one-termer.
In the new Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, he writes that Jobs found regulations in the United States punitive, making it difficult to build new factories.
"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 cited the teachers' unions in America as "crippling" the education system. He said an 11-month school year, and a school day that lasted until 6 p.m., were reforms the system needed.
A merit-based system for teacher evaluation -- and firing -- was another suggestion to the president.
Being Steve Jobs -- workaholic with the highest expectations of himself and others -- he spared few words in his chat with Obama.
And if he knew he was dying, that lifts just about all the filters.