Tim Cook for president???

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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23 Comments

1. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

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

2. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

u right!

3. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Apple is more politics than technology

5. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol!! yea thats also true!!

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

4. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

yup your right enough said

6. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

7. fbbwang

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

more like Tim Cook for chef

8. fbbwang

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Tim Cook for chef

9. fbbwang

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

i've to say this isnt a good idea

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

11. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

12. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

14. ericsorensen

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

19. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

13. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

15. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

17. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Europe here I come!

18. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

21. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

22. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 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

23. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 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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