As the CEO of Apple, not to mention a widely revered tech luminary, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was no stranger to rubbing elbows with the political elite. Especially towards the last few years of his life, and coinciding with the ever-increasing relevance of technology in our day-to-day lives, Jobs became discernibly more visible on the political scene. As a quick example, Jobs in 2012 famously told then-President Barack Obama that the manufacturing jobs responsible for making the iPhone a reality "aren't coming back" to the United States. You might also recall that Jobs even gave Clinton advice during the Monica Lewisnky scandal of 1998.
With that in mind, a recently granted Freedom of Information Act request put forth by Gizmodo sheds some interesting light on Jobs' connection to the Clinton administration. The request sought access to any and all materials involving Jobs and, as a result, a wide variety of interesting information was brought to light.
One of the more intriguing pieces of information involves a congratulatory letter Jobs sent to Clinton after winning the 1996 Presidential election. 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:
Also interesting is that Clinton sent a handwritten letter to Jobs after he returned to Apple in early 1997 and even another one congratulating Jobs for appearing in a 2000 edition of the New York Times crossword puzzle.
The entire treasure trove of information is well worth checking out. While there's nothing groundbreaking, it does provide us with some interesting background information on the relationship between Jobs and Clinton.