This is still the General Discussion forum, not PoliticalOutsider. Just because an article mentions Obama doesn't automatically mean there's a stage for political pundits to drive the thread completely off-topic.
The reason for the thread is that Steve Jobs was at the event and he hasn't been mentioned in the last 20 or so posts. It's natural that some politics will creep in but it's getting into a full-blown PO thread.
Anyone have more insight as to why this dinner took place and why those specific people may have been invited? Is it normal for a president to do this sort of thing? Also, with Obama being a Blackberry user, you'd think he might invite one of them.
One vague reason given for the dinner was about job creation but Twitter, Netflix and Facebook reps seem a bit redundant here. Even Yahoo to some extent. Also, I can't imagine such a diverse group having much interesting to say to each other beyond the usual mundane pleasantries. Here is the list of attendees as a reminder:
John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Carol Bartz, president and CEO, Yahoo!
John Chambers, CEO and chairman, Cisco Systems
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO, Oracle
Reed Hastings, CEO, NetFlix
John Hennessy, president, Stanford University
Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO, Apple
Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO, Genentech
Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google
Steve Westly, managing partner and founder, Westly Group
Mark Zuckerberg, founder, president and CEO, Facebook
Originally Posted by DarkVader
No, I don't like Steve Jobs. There was a reason he was fired in the '80s, and he should have stayed fired. And if not that, brought back only as a marketing VP. He should NEVER have been CEO.
It seems to me that in life you are either arrogant, moderate or a doormat. If you choose either of the latter then you set yourself up for disrespect because at some point someone else who is arrogant will come along to displace you so either you have the balls to believe that what you're doing is right and fight back or you're out.
It's human nature to gravitate towards laziness, complacency, comfort and that is entirely contrary to achieving excellence. It makes sense that the driving force has to go beyond the reasonable limits to maintain a reasonable effort from their workforce. It's easy to place labels on people based on stories but your judgements go as far as the stories and those fall far short of describing the subjects of those stories fully.
To most, if not all of us, the people at that table including the president are icons. Labels on large boxes full of things we don't ever get to see and we judge those labels because it's all we are able to do but they are in the position they are in because they don't care about how we judge them. They do what they think is right just like the rest of us and we are all judged by our results.