Well if you’re Bill Clinton, you call and ask Steve Jobs for advice.
In just one of the many revealing tidbits housed in Jobs’ upcoming biography, the Apple co-founder recounts how Clinton in 1998 called him up for advice on how to handle the looming Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The story goes that Clinton and Jobs engaged in late-night conversation which culminated in Jobs advising the former President, “I don’t know if you did it, but if so, you’ve got to tell the country.”
According to Isaacson, there was silence on the other line from Clinton following Jobs’ remark.
Now a natural question is how Clinton and Jobs even came to know each other that closely.
Following Jobs’ death, Clinton explained how the two came together during an interview with Time.
When my daughter was at Stanford he got in touch with me, and said, ‘It’s hard to travel to see your child when you’re President. I’ve got a place out in the country. You and Hillary can stay there and bring Chelsea and her friends there anytime you want to,'” Clinton recalled. “He gave me a priceless gift: the opportunity to see my child while I was still a very public figure, so I’m highly biased in his favor. Plus, even I can work an iPad.”
Clinton also admired Jobs’ work ethic, noting that “he was a very determined man. He probably had the most intense powers of concentration I ever saw.”
In a statement following Jobs death, Clinton said:
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. His passion for his work and his courage in fighting his cancer were an inspiration to us all. Hillary and I will always be especially grateful for his personal kindness to us when Chelsea was at Stanford.
Isaacson also tells of how Jobs tried to use his Presidential hookup to get Tom Hanks on board to deliver the narration for Apple’s first Think Different ad. Jobs wanted Clinton to call Hanks and help convince him to do it while the pair were at a fundraising dinner. Naturally, Clinton had more pressing matters and declined Jobs’ request.
As for the commercial, it was eventually narrated by Richard Dreyfus though Isaacson says that Robin Williams was curiously another top choice to lend his voice to the commercial. You might also remember that there was a never-aired clip of Steve Jobs himself handling the narration duties for the memorable ad.
via Huffington Post