I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been skeptical that Obama could be defeated next year. I also had my doubts that Hillary could get elected because I’d been following HCDS (and BCDS) for 15+ years.
In late December 2007 or early January 2008 IKEA began running radio ads featuring a bossy sounding argument between Hill & Bill using voice actors. She was the president and was bossing him around. I remember my husband and I listening to it the car and my husband saying, “Okay, now I’m convinced. Hillary will win. I mean, if IKEA thinks so…” I so wish he’d been right.
I don’t want to make the same mistake he did, but I now think Obama can be defeated. Why, you ask? Because Steve Jobs said so. IKEA may be pretty good at picking up on trends, but Steve Jobs had vision for the future, which is quite a different thing.
“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.
He also said this about his children, which I mention because his abandonment of his first child (his long-term girlfriend became pregnant as Apple was taking off, so he basically just said “Later” to her and their child until the child was about 6) has bugged me about all the glory he receives for a long time. It was a crappy thing to do. Glad to see he finally understand what he did to his child. Too bad he never apologized to the mother.
“I wanted my kids to know me,” Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying in their final interview. “I wasn’t always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
Anyway, if Steve Jobs thinks Obama can be defeated, I guess I do too.