• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Steve Jobs to Obama in 2010: 'You're Headed for a One-Term Presidency'

    Steve Jobs, the late Apple founder and digital pioneer, told President Obama in a 2010 meeting that his anti-business attitude and enthusiasm for federal regulations could spell doom for his re-election bid, according to an upcoming biography of the iconic entrepreneur.

    Jobs specifically cited a number of impediments to job creation and future economic growth, including onerous business regulations and stubborn teachers’ unions preventing reform of the country’s education system.

    The Huffington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book – titled “Steve Jobs” – said the man “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.

    If Obama did not become more business friendly, Jobs warned, he would be “headed for a one-term presidency.”

    Jobs’s legacy, wrote Heritage President Ed Feulner, is antithetical to the president’s approach to governing. The man “was a living refutation of all that liberals constantly tell us about our country,” Feulner wrote.

    Posted in Featured, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    26 Responses to Steve Jobs to Obama in 2010: 'You're Headed for a One-Term Presidency'

    1. Trey says:

      The comment that Obama “seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative” makes absolutely no sense. Jobs told Obama he was acting like a conservative by over-regulating business and being friendly to unions? Is this a joke?

    2. OPUS says:

      I think it meant that Jobs was transformed from liberal into a conservative

    3. Donna K. says:

      I think the article said that Jobs transformed from a Liberal to a Conservative. Of course, that is an impossible transformation for Obama, but not for a successful businessman, and visionary designer. It is common to start out liberal and become more conservative for someone in business. Nothing stands in the way like government regulations, expense, complications. Steve Jobs would certainly have known more about that than Obama.

    4. Vanessa says:

      Just in case your readers missed it in the title, body and ending of the article: "You’re headed for a one-term presidency" . #redundant.

    5. lights on says:

      Steve Jobs is the epitome of a once free America!

    6. Mike says:

      Trey, I believe they (The Huffington Post) are referring to Jobs, not that Jobs was talking to Obama.

    7. Alan says:

      Trey, I believe the transformation was in regards to Jobs not Obama. Make more sense now?

    8. David Doyle says:

      I believe that comment was made by HuffPo about Mr. Jobs.

    9. Linda says:

      Trey, the comment states that The Huffington Post said Steve Jobs "seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative" NOT Obama. Go back and read it again.

    10. steamboat2302 says:

      They are saying that Jobs "transformed" from a liberal to a conservative. Not obama.

    11. Jerry says:

      I read it differently i.e. The Huffington Post said: that Steve Jobs "seemed to have tranformed from a liberal into a conservative" which does make sense.

    12. Ralph says:


      No, Jobs turned into a conservative.

    13. Brian says:

      The "man" being referred to is Jobs.

    14. Kenneth says:

      It's clear that Obama lacks education and experience on the work force and real business world. What a shame we have wasted a presidential term with him in office. The positive side is that our nation has opened its eyes to him and hopefully he will not be re-elected. We need a president who is pro-America.

    15. J.Morris says:

      Poor sentence structure…..

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.