With the Walter Isaacson Steve Jobs biography out Monday, outlets have read and reviewed the book, detailing the juiciest parts, including his warning that Obama is "headed to a one-term presidency." Isaacson had unprecedented access to Jobs, getting hundreds of interviews, including one weeks before his death. What have we learned so far? Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk. With everyone. Maybe someone wronged him as a small child? "Steve Jobs was often bullied in school," says the book, reports The Associated Press. School-yard scuffles or not, the book reveals that he wasn't exactly the nicest guy.
Even President Obama didn't get special treatment. Jobs almost missed his meeting with President Obama last fall, explains The Huffington Post. "Though his wife told him that Obama 'was really psyched to meet with you,' Jobs insisted on the personal invitation," The Huffington Post writes. "And the standoff lasted for five days." Princess Jobs didn't get his personal invite, but he didn't sweeten up his 'tude for the U.S. commander in chief. Jobs was characteristically blunt. "'You're headed for a one-term presidency,'" he told Obama at the start of their meeting," continues HuffPost.
He held a massive relentless grudge with Google. Jobs wasn't too happy with all of Google's thieving from Apple. "Mr. Jobs told Mr. Isaacson that he regarded Android as a 'stolen product,' copying Apple technology," reports The New York Times. Jobs put a lawsuit where his mouth was, suing Google, proclaiming he would never let up. "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs told Isaacson, explains The Times. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
He didn't think much of Bill Gates, either. Before his death, Jobs met with Gates, reports The AP. Jobs didn't think Gates had a very creative mind. "Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology," Jobs told Isaacson, reports HuffPost. "He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas." Jobs suggested dropping acid would've really helped Gates in that department. Jobs had done LSD back in the day. "[Acid] reinforced my sense of what was important - creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could," said Jobs in the book, writes the AP.
Jobs didn't fawn over women. The book chronicles Jobs love life. He drove one ex-girlfriend, computer consultant Tina Redse, crazy, explains the Times. And his own wife had similar sentiment. "His behavior could be maddening," his widow Laurene Powell explains in the book, writes The Times.
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