In a bid to stir up the ‘spirit of 2008’ Obama met with Apple boss Steve Jobs last Thursday. The meeting is reported to have been about US energy independence, American competitiveness, education and ways to create new jobs. The meeting took place in a hotel in San Francisco.
The midterm elections are far from secure for Obama as the democrats could lose their majority in the House and the Senate. Maybe shooting the breeze with the Apple CEO will give the American president some inspiration to lead the American people or it may give him the look of a man who is connected with modern technology.
Back in 2008, during Obama’s winning campaign, Obama and Jobs met to discuss technology based issues to give Barack some leverage over his rivals. The relationship between these two is certainly a beneficial one for all involved. It was rumored that Apple started a campaign last year to get Steve Jobs in the White House as head of technology. Apparently Obama is a big fan of Apple technology and like most of us enjoys listening to his iPod. iPhones, iPads and iPods are at the pinnacle of modern day user technology and it can only be positive for the American economy.
Steve Jobs is a huge contributor to Democratic campaigns. According to the Federal Election Commission, Jobs donated $50,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and $26,700 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006.
Apple has tried to not get itself too involved in the political side of things, unlike Microsoft and AT&T, but as it becomes more and more wealthy they will not be able to stay away for long. Apple has come under fire for certain unfair practices (such as the exclusive use of AT&T, the blocking of Skype and Adobe Flash) and so the company may be looking for favours in the White House.
You may not believe the Webandrank Blog but Apple now has $51 billion in cash and its stock value is approaching that of Exxon Mobile as the most valued U.S. public company.
If Apple continues on the same path it’s guaranteed that Mr. Jobs and Mr. Obama will be meeting on a more regular basis.
Obama say “My task has also been to try to figure out how do we address some of the structural problems in the economy that have prevented more Googles from being created, prevented more Hewlett-Packards from being created … how do we unleash this incredible energy and dynamism that we know has always driven America, decade after decade“.