The interview is chock full of quotes from Tim. Here are a few:
The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional and isn’t working at the speed that it once was. And so it does fall, I think, not just on business but on all other areas of society to step up.
“One of the things that hits you,” he said, is “all of the major acts, legislation, that happened during just his presidency.” His eyes widened as he listed some: “You have the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Act, you have Medicare, you have Medicaid, you have several national parks, you have Head Start, you have housing discrimination, you have jury discrimination.”
He was vocal, for example, in criticizing Mr. Trump after Charlottesville in a memo to his staff: “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”
“I think we have a moral responsibility to help grow the economy, to help grow jobs, to contribute to this country and to contribute to the other countries that we do business in,” he said.
He added, “I think there’s still probably a more significant group that feels my sole responsibility is to Wall Street.”
And, to the folks who suggest that Tim is running for President:
“I have a full-time job,” Mr. Cook said. “I appreciate the compliment,” he added with a wry look, “if it is a compliment.”
Steve Jobs was a gift. To me, Tim Cook is equally a gift, albeit in a different wrapper. While Steve was the gift Apple needed to launch and then evolve as a company, Tim is the gift Apple needs now, a navigator through increasingly turbulent waters.