Steve Jobs: Famous folks he met and what he thought about them

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Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve Jobs is full of the late Apple visionary’s tart assessments of people he met over the years:

Mick Jagger
“I think he was on drugs. Either that or he’s brain damaged.”

Barack Obama
“I’m disappointed in Obama. He’s having trouble leading because he’s reluctant to offend people or piss them off. Yes, that’s not a problem I ever had.”

John Mayer
“John Mayer is one of the best guitar players who’s ever lived, and I’m afraid he’s just blowing it big time….I think he’s a really good kid underneath, but he’s just been out of control.”

The Beatles
“If the vault was on fire and I could grab only one set of master tapes, I would grab the Beatles.”

Bob Dylan
“He’s one of my all-time heroes. My love for him has grown over the years, it’s ripened. I can’t figure out how he he did it when he was so young.”

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Yo-Yo Ma
When Jobs was ill, Yo Yo Ma came to visit, bringing his 1733 Stradivarius cello and performing a concert in the Jobs’ living room. Jobs, who had been moved to tears by the music, told him, “Your playing is the best argument I’ve ever heard for the existence of God, because I don’t really believe a human alone can do this.” He made Ma promise to play at his funeral.

Joan Baez
He had a long relationship with the singer: “I thought I was in love with her, but I really just liked her a lot. We weren’t destined to be together. I wanted kids, and she didn’t want any more.”

Bill Clinton
When the president asked his advice in the Monica Lewinsky affair, Jobs told him, “I don’t know if you did it, but if so, you’ve got to tell the country.”

Yoko Ono
“I can see why John fell in love with her.”

Jeffrey Katzenberg
“When Jeffrey was still running Disney animation, we pitched him on A Bug’s Life. In sixty years of animation, no one had thought of doing an animated movie about insects, until Lasseter. It was one of his brilliant creative sparks. And Jeffrey left and went to DreamWorks and all of a sudden he had this idea for an animated movie about — Oh! — insects And he pretended he’d never heard the pitch. He lied. He lied through his teeth.”

MORE STEVE JOBS BIOGRAPHY:
‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson: EW Review
Steve Jobs’ food weirdnesses: Fasts, living on apples or carrots for weeks on end, fruit smoothie diets

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  • Deltrese D’Annibale

    Ok…am I the only one who thinks that these statements are kind of pointless? I mean anyone can say that Bill Clinton should tell the truth or that he didn’t like that John Lennon ended up with Yoko Ono. so0o0o i don’t give a FUUUUUCk

    • Adwina Lambert

      don’t worry steve, for: Pixar films are cinematic gold and modern day classics!! Dreamworks flicks, Ice Age sequels, The Incredibles knock-offs and Happy Feet as owls or macaws, Shrek-spin-offs are pure pop trash!!! tee-hee!

    • cregiss

      I thought the article said he could understand why Lennon fell in love with Yoko, although I don’t, but then I don’t care either.

      • Sloan

        Yeah, the jaundiced veneer through which you’re seeing things is showing. He complimented Ono; he didn’t put her down.

      • Sloan

        Piggybacking on cregiss’s comment there; not replying to it.

    • tudees

      how you utter your words is exactly what you are!!
      pls. have some education and manners!!!

    • tamara

      You say you don’t give a F. Yet you took time to read it AND to comment on it. too funny sounds like you care alot.

  • dee123

    Oh Steve, we were going so well until you came to the reining king of the douches John Mayer.

    • Stacie

      Maybe Jobs was trying to avoid the word douche. I think he summed it up pretty good.

  • Manny

    The Bieberization of America continues. Why do we care what a famous person thinks about other famous people?

  • Archangel

    Apparently Steve was not a guitar player or remotely knew anything about guitar skills.
    *every serious guitar player on the planet roll eyes in unison and laugh*

    • Javadude54

      He probably thought Bob Dylan is one of the best harmonica who’s every lived, too.

    • Juaan

      Well he was just a fan like the rest of us who don’t know much about guitar, so why does it matter that he liked John Mayer that much? I mean do we all have to know about guitar skills to appreciate music? To his ears, it sounded good and sounded like one of the best. And that’s all that matters with any musician.

  • Ap

    Everyone who voted Obama feels the same way…

  • amy

    Love the comment about Mick Jagger! LOL

  • etm

    I like what he said about Yo-Yo Ma.

  • henry

    All of you are hypocrites. You are criticizing a dead man, and at the same time probably owned one of his product creations. Talking about being a BIG JERK, you should look in the mirror.

  • d

    agree with him about Obama, it’s hard to make changes when you try to appease everyone. some people will never agree with you, so why not just offend them since they never liked you anyway. ugh politicians.

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