Dave Weigel reads Walter Isaacson’s new Steve Jobs biography and comments on a meeting of the Obama administration and more than twenty CEOS:
Jobs tried to focus on a positive policy idea, and let “any foreign student who earned an engineering degree” stay in the USA on a visa. Obama pointed out that Republicans had blocked the DREAM Act. “The president is very smart,” Jobs tells Isaacson, “but he kept explaining to us reasons why things can’t get done. It infuriates me.”
I’m not really sure what Jobs was looking for here. Gratification from the president for suggesting a policy that is a very prominent part of the Democratic Party’s agenda? The fight over the DREAM Act was very widely covered. It was no secret that President Obama supports letting skilled foreign students remain in the United States. Jobs may not have wanted to hear why things couldn’t get done, but that would not have changed the fact that there were a lot of things that couldn’t get done.