Last year, then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs warned President Barack Obama that he was in danger of losing his re-election in 2012 because of his policies towards business.
You're headed for a one-term presidency, Jobs told Obama in fall 2010, according to Jobs' official biography written by Walter Isaacson.
Jobs met with Obama at the Westin San Francisco Airport, even though Jobs wanted a personal invitation to the White House. During their meeting, Jobs urged Obama to adopt more business-friendly policies so companies would build more factories stateside instead of in countries like China, where building is relatively cheap and easy compared to the regulations and unnecessary costs in the U.S.
Jobs suggested Obama meet with a handful of other CEOs to discuss the needs of innovative businesses, but when White House aides added too many names to the list, Jobs felt it was growing too big and announced he had no intention of coming.
Jobs also criticized the U.S. education system, calling it crippled by union work rules. He proposed Obama allow principals to hire and fire their own teachers based on merit. He also asked that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they remain open for 11 months of the year.
Jobs even offered to design political ads for Obama's 2012 campaign, despite his critiques of the administration's policies. Jobs told Isaacson that he wanted to do for the Obama campaign what the sunny It's morning in America ads did for Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign.
He had made the same offer in 2008, but he'd become annoyed when Obama's strategist David Axelrod wasn't totally deferential, Isaacson writes.
Jobs, who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak in 1976, died Oct. 5 in Palo Alto, Calif., a day after Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S.
Isaacson's first TV interview about the Jobs biography will air on 60 Minutes on Oct. 23. Publication has been moved up since Jobs' death to Oct. 24. Viacom, which owns CBS, also owns the book's publisher, Simon & Schuster.