One of the most amazing leaked tidbits in the new Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs is what the Apple CEO told President Obama. It was reported on the Huffington Post:

“You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.

Jobs also criticized America's education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules," noted Isaacson. "Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year….

Though Jobs was not that impressed by Obama, later telling Isaacson that his focus on the reasons that things can't get done "infuriates" him, they kept in touch and talked by phone a few more times. Jobs even offered to help create Obama's political ads for the 2012 campaign. "He had made the same offer in 2008, but he'd become annoyed when Obama's strategist David Axelrod wasn't totally deferential," writes Isaacson. Jobs later told the author that he wanted to do for Obama what the legendary "morning in America" ads did for Ronald Reagan.

Okay, let me get this straight: Steve Jobs wasn’t impressed with Obama and felt that his policies were bad for job creation. But he wanted to help re-elect Obama by doing clever ads.

Got it?

I hope the book will shed light on why Jobs was willing to work to re-elect a man he apparently thought was inadequate to the presidency. If it was because Jobs genuinely felt that the GOP was bad for the country, that’s one thing.

But I am willing to bet that, smart and rich as Jobs was, he couldn’t break loose from the tethers of political correctness. I mean, who on earth would vote for a Republican?  

Sometimes even the smartest among us are pretty dumb.