Clinton Asked Jobs How To Handle The Monica Lewinsky Scandal
President Bill Clinton asked Steve Jobs how to handle the Monica Lewinsky scandal, reveals Walter Isaacson in his Steve Jobs biography.
"I don't know if you did it," Mr Jobs told the then US president, "but if so, you've got to tell the country."
Isaacson reports that there was a long silence on the other end of the phone after he gave his response.
The Telegraph notes that Steve Jobs also sought a favor of his own from Clinton. While working on the "Think Different" ad campaign, he asked Clinton to call Tom Hanks to see if he would narrate the commercial. Clinton declined.
Despite these awkward situations, Jobs and Clinton maintained a strong relationship. In a Time interview after Steve Jobs death, Clinton recalled a kind gesture from the Apple CEO when Chelsea Clinton was studying at Stanford.
"He got in touch with me, and said, 'It's hard to travel to see your child when you're President. I've got a place out in the country. You and Hillary can stay there and bring Chelsea and her friends there anytime you want to,'" Clinton recalled. "He gave me a priceless gift: the opportunity to see my child while I was still a very public figure, so I'm highly biased in his favour. Plus, even I can work an iPad."
Clinton also noted that Jobs was " a very determined man. He probably had the most intense powers of concentration I ever saw."