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President Obama met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs to discuss education and the economy.  (Source: Cleveland Leader)

Steve Jobs (shown here in a rare in-suit appearance at close friend Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony) is a long-time Democratic Party supporter.  (Source: Markus Aarstad/www.ps.no)
America's trendiest tech firm gives some advice to the commander-in-chief

It sounds like the start of a joke, but President Obama met with Apple, Inc. CEO and founder Steve Jobs in Silicon Valley Thursday afternoon.  According to Obama staffers, the President was on the campaign trail and had long wanted to meet with Mr. Jobs and get his opinions and advice on the topics of economy and education.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs stated, "This is a meeting the president was interested in having.  He’s eager to talk to him about the economy, innovation and technology, education."

Mr. Jobs is a long time democrat, frequently donating to the party.  He last met Obama during his 2008 election campaign.  Reportedly the pair hooked up at a San Francisco hotel for a 45 minute meeting.

The President later paid a visit to Google vice president Marissa Mayer and clean technology venture capitalist Steve Westly homes, which were the site of two different Democratic Party fundraisers.  According to Bloomberg, the events were expected to raise $1.8M USD, with tickets costing up to $30,000 according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mr. Jobs is a controversial figure in the tech industry.  He and his company exude an air of superiority he has long operated under the business model that he knows what customers want better than they do.  Some also are irritated with Mr. Jobs' moralistic stands, such as his crusade to "free" electronics users from porn.  Still his company has consistently posted record profits in recent years and continues to create and/or conquer new markets.

President Obama is also no stranger to controversy.  He has been criticized by some on the left for not acting fast enough on issues like gay marriage and public healthcare.  The right has heavily criticized his economic policy, including his administration's decision to take ownership stakes in GM and Chrysler.  Some across both sides of the aisle have also criticized his decision to support and even strengthen measures to allow warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens, something many legal experts say violates the Constitution in its current form.

In the California gubernatorial race, Meg Whitman (R) is battling Jerry Brown (D), who is attempting to win a third non-consecutive term.  Recent studies by the The Cook Political Report [1] and The New York Times [2] say the candidates are currently in a dead heat.  The The Rasmussen Reports gives Mr. Brown the edge, though as does the 538 report, whose mathematics-based models give Mr. Brown an 82 percent chance of victory.  The election took a controversial recent turn when Green Party candidate Laura Wells was arrested for trying to attend a two-party "public" debate.  Police said they arrested her for using another person's ticket to try to disguise her identity.


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Steve Jobs for president
By wordsworm on 10/24/2010 11:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
God knows he saved Apple from what looked like a certain demise in all but name. Maybe he can save America.

Can you picture it? Bill Gates running against Steve Jobs for president of the US?




RE: Steve Jobs for president
By tastyratz on 10/25/2010 9:03:25 AM , Rating: 3
You might laugh but I very well may find myself voting for bill gates in that situation. He has proven to be quite the humanitarian and prettymuch spends his days just giving all of his money away to charity. We could use someone selfless in power. He would probably need no campain contribution and therefor not really fall victim to legal bribes - oops I meant lobbying.


RE: Steve Jobs for president
By wordsworm on 10/25/2010 9:42:30 AM , Rating: 2
You know, I have a hard time figuring Bill out. I know he's said that he'd leave most of his wealth to the world community when death touches him. However, I'm a terrible sceptic. I know he's given some money away, yet he's still the world's wealthiest man.

In any case, Jobs or (Bill) Gates would probably do quite well as American presidents. It would end up being either an Apple or an orange in every class.


RE: Steve Jobs for president
By tastyratz on 10/25/2010 12:48:47 PM , Rating: 1
Apple or orange, would that be the new party system?

Democrats and republicans will be just for the history books.
Fruits for presidency 2012!


RE: Steve Jobs for president
By SoCalBoomer on 10/26/2010 5:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
SOME money? He's given away BILLIONS. He's taken a massive portion of his personal fortune and used to endow the charitable foundation that he and his wife run (endowing it means they can draw a percentage per year that are, theoretically, the amount the endowment earns as it's invested so the fun never runs out of money, again, theoretically)

He's not the world's wealthiest man anymore - that ended a couple of years ago when he GAVE AWAY that huge chunk of his money. . .


RE: Steve Jobs for president
By SoCalBoomer on 10/26/2010 5:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
just an example:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-...

lots more - just search for Gates and donations


RE: Steve Jobs for president
By aegisofrime on 10/27/2010 12:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's because I'm not a billionaire so I don't know how a billionaire thinks... But to me at a certain point, enough is enough. When you have billions what can you do with it? You can buy practically anything (maybe even a third world country if you really wanted to), and proper investment and management will ensure that you don't run out. At that point then you will feel obliged to help the world that gave you your fortune in the first place.

I won't claim to know Gates' true intentions, but I'm betting that some billionaires only donate just to feel good about themselves, rather than sincerely wanting to help.

Just my opinion of course.


By T2k on 10/22/2010 4:21:05 PM , Rating: 4
...as he stands for exactly everything we do NOT want to see growing (closed, proprietary platforms, lunatic controls, more corporate influence, monitoring & filtering people etc.)

Jobs should simply just keep taking his anti-cancer meds and stay silent, he's made enough of a fool of himself this year several times.




By FITCamaro on 10/23/2010 5:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
So how are his goals any different than Obama's?


By SoCalBoomer on 10/26/2010 5:58:18 PM , Rating: 2
that was the point, I hope.


Great marketing ploy...
By AEvangel on 10/23/2010 10:46:23 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, if you can convince the President to allow more of your Computers into schools then all the better.

Just like public schools are used for indoctrinating our young to believing the Govt is here to help us, it's also useful for Apple to get their computers in the hands of the children for the same purpose.




RE: Great marketing ploy...
By morphologia on 10/25/2010 3:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
Is indoctrinating people to believe the government is good any worse than a politician securing personal gain on the belief that the government is bad?

The following statements are equally hyporcitical:

"Washington D.C. is bad, vote for me."

"Android is too proprietary, buy Apple."


RE: Great marketing ploy...
By AEvangel on 10/29/2010 12:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Is indoctrinating people to believe the government is good any worse than a politician securing personal gain on the belief that the government is bad?


Yes, because I'm not paying for the politician(unless elected) or Android directly and I can always not listen to the politician or Fan boys, but I have no choice in paying for that indoctrination to the children who also in most cases have no other choice as but to listen to it.


he got jobs
By rika13 on 10/23/2010 3:39:24 AM , Rating: 5
By meeting with Steve, he made due on his promise to get Jobs. Of course one wonders what actual relevance Apple has to American jobs since its products are made in China in sweatshops with anti-suicide nets.




Quite a suggestive phrase...
By CK804 on 10/24/2010 1:18:07 PM , Rating: 3
"Reportedly, the pair hooked up at a San Francisco hotel..." This couldn't sound any more professional.




By morphologia on 10/25/2010 3:01:51 PM , Rating: 3
Considering the fanaticism surrounding the Apple icon, the President needs to be careful not to appear to endorse one religion over others. Preferential treatment should not be granted to that Prophet of Profiteering, the Archbishop of Cupertino.




<no subject>
By Scabies on 10/22/2010 9:53:19 PM , Rating: 1
Did he bow?




RE: <no subject>
By YashBudini on 10/23/2010 1:23:42 AM , Rating: 1
Well he did pronounce nuclear pretty well.


Meeting
By burnstagger on 10/29/2010 7:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
He met with Jobs so he could poison him like Gore did. After all, Jobs is anti-globalism and won't lay off the entire company and replace them all with H-1Bs like all the other failing tech companies have. B.O. probably slipped him a mickey when he went to the bathroom. Probably something to cause cancer.




What the...
By DKantUno on 10/28/2010 2:20:10 PM , Rating: 1
" such as his crusade to "free" electronics users from porn"

Crusade? That was ONE email exchange. Yeah count that again. ONE!

And it's interesting that Obama was everybody's darling when all he did was talk, talk and talk. Now when he's actually doing SOMEthing (I'm not saying that he's achieved anything at all. But doing ANYthing, even sitting in an office and signing some papers, has GOT to count for more than talking right? Right?), now, he's the biggest jerk on earth.

I never particularly liked him - I never understood why he was such a big hero during the elections. And the Nobel, for delivering good speeches? And now I am equally baffled by his being painted a villain ever since taking oath. :) Not incompetent, not merely 'less than expected', but a 'villain'. It's funny.

The same with Steve. When Apple was small, nobody cared, in fact, many loved the heck out of his vision and what not. Now, when all that talk of his vision etc has actually come TRUE with the iPhone (and I still don't get the iPad's success) he's a villain.

So, is all of humanity crazy like this, or is it just that the extremes happen to get more attention? I think I'm voting for the latter, for now.

And finally, this is like my 296th complaint about DailyTech news pieces turning into editorial junk. I come here to (hopefully) read NEWS articles, not opinion pieces. And opinion reflects only too clearly when the article essentially boils down "These are jerks who let us down, of COURSE they are hooking up!" Read the last few paragraphs again; it's POPping out of the page! I mean...guh.




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