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Tim Cook for president???

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Tim Cook for president???
We reported yesterday on an interesting exchange that took place between Adam Lashinsky, senior editor at Fortune magazine, and an employee of Linked. It covered Apple's secret unboxing facility, their habit of putting new employees on fake projects, and a unique take on Tim Cook's future in politics. Unfortunately, the excerpt video of the exchange was taken down by YouTube over a copyright claim by Linkedin. So we'll bring you the entire 50 minute interview from Linkedin's YouTube channel.

To set the stage: Lashinsky was promoting his recently released tell-all book “Inside Apple”, and during the Q&A portion he ran into an ex-Apple employee that entered into a prolonged Q&A exchange.

The unnamed employee confirmed that new Apple employees are indeed put to work on fake products until Apple develops enough trust in them to promote them to products that will actually make their way to market. After that, the two get into a discussion of how charismatic Apple’s leaders are, and the employee states:

"Even Tim Cook has so much charisma that he could certainly be our next president. I can say that very, very confidently."

For his part, Lashinsky doesn’t dispute the claims about Cook's political potential, although he does go on to point out that Cook, like most CEOs, may not be cut out for all of the posturing and intransigence that goes on in the political world. And let’s face it, Cook would be taking a heck of a pay cut if he were to become president any time soon.

The entire 50 minute interview is worth a watch, but if you wanted to see the Cook for president portion and missed the excerpt yesterday, it starts just after the 40 minute mark.

At the least, it’s clear that even ex-Apple employees are very taken with the company’s leaders.



source: PCMag

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posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:00 13

1. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


politics and technology are two different things, so no thank you.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:03

2. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


u right!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:13 11

3. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple is more politics than technology

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:15 3

5. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol!! yea thats also true!!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 17:19 4

16. andro. (Posts: 1953; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Apple having the president of the united states........shiver.....its seems 2012 predictions would be right!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:14

4. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yup your right enough said

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:32 3

6. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I could only imagine what would happen if Tim Cook became president. The USA would become an island....

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:39

7. fbbwang (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


more like Tim Cook for chef

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:40

8. fbbwang (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Tim Cook for chef

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:41

9. fbbwang (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


i've to say this isnt a good idea

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:51

10. PAPINYC (Posts: 2283; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Who's Tim Cook? Is he the one running on Sarah Palin's ticket; is he running for President or V.P.?

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 16:16 3

11. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Tim Cook for President? We know he'd take over the big Apple. Communism anyone? If you don't buy an apple product you're automactically executed for treason. Google would be put on trial for conspiracy/treason for creating Android, then executed.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 16:19 7

12. buggerrer (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


lol that would be interesting .. First G.A.Y President? :D

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 16:37 3

14. ericsorensen (Posts: 44; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


What will people say when they find out his first lady isn't a lady after all?

I don't think he is electable in our society at this time.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 18:04 1

19. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you are correct mate. i believe we'll see a lady as a president long before we'll see Tim there. It's just the way the majority thinks currently.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 16:25 1

13. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Just think about it, everywhere you go, there'd be an Apple employee with an iPad scanning each person entering and exiting, checking to see if you have an apple product and if you don't they pull you to side, then you get a cavity search, then shipped off to some high maxium security camp, then away trial then executed.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 16:42

15. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Reads the title...
f**k No!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 17:19

17. ZayZay (Posts: 557; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Europe here I come!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 17:19 1

18. andro. (Posts: 1953; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I almost read the article caption wrong and thought it was an article entitled " Cook the president"!!!!!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 21:52

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6491; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Are u fckn mental? They would ban every Android device around the country and sue anyone that looks like a Ipad/Iphone EVEN MORE

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 00:43 1

21. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Apple's first presidency resolution
- Banned Android from the entire world

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 01:11

22. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


lol thank god i dont live in the US but in Europe because there will be even more bankrupsy not to even speak of that if steve jobs was still alive and wanted for president
everyone would go kill themselfs

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:01

23. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Mr. Cook is obviously an exceptional business executive. However, his approach to labor might make him a very vulnerable candidate (for POTUS) with the vast majority of the American electorate. I'm sure he would get a huge amount of financial backing (not that he would need much given his personal wealth) and certainly ample support from business partners in Hollywood...but I am not so sure the average American would be enthusiastic about his supply chain approach with draconian partners like Foxconn. Sure, his shareholders might be impressed...but is the average american willing to hire a guy who makes literally billions on the backs of modern day Chinese sweat shops? My guess...he will definitely get 1% of the vote. As for the Big Business firendly Republican Party...they are so anti-***, would they really support Mr. Cook?

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