A recent Freedom of Information Request for all documents pertaining to deceased, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, put forth by Gizmodo, has revealed that the tech entrepreneur had an interesting relationship with Bill Clinton. Of the most intriguing information uncovered is a letter from the time of Clinton’s 1996 presidential victory, in which Jobs asks Clinton to consider several people for cabinet positions.
Included in the letter were two self-described “crazy suggestions” Jobs wanted Clinton to consider for cabinet positions, namely Dean Ornish for Surgeon General and former Intel CEO Andy Grove for Secretary of Defense.
“Please excuse my presumption in making these suggestions,” the letter notes at the end. “I just wanted to make sure that these folks didn’t escape your attention as you make these critical decisions.”
Jobs further championed Grove in a follow-up letter:
Andy is at the center of the exploding information revolution, and he could bring many of these perspectives to defense strategy and its current uses of information technology (command & control, intelligence,). He could be a secret weapon to change our perspectives and thinking about defense as our nation faces new world roles and fiscal limitations. I have never met a better manager and leader in my life (including Dave Packard and Bob Noyce). Andy has no public policy experience, but he is one of the smartest and fastest learners I have ever met. He was born in Hungary and is a US citizen.
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