The New York Times put the question to Apple’s CEO over breakfast in Austin.
From Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Apple’s Tim Cook Barnstorms for ‘Moral Responsibility’:
“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.”
That was Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, across the table from me over breakfast here in downtown Austin late last week at the end of a mini-tour across the country during which he focused on topics usually reserved for politicians: manufacturing, jobs and education…
Mr. Cook’s comments weren’t a dig at President Trump so much as they were a critique of Washington’s seemingly perpetual state of gridlock…
As we finished up breakfast before we headed over to Austin’s Capital Factory, an incubator for tech start-ups…, I mentioned a question that some in Silicon Valley and elsewhere have asked: Is his focus on jobs and speeches in front of American flags a hint at something bigger? After all, Mark Zuckerberg’s name is now regularly bandied about in discussions of potential presidential candidates.
“I have a full-time job,” Mr. Cook said. “I appreciate the compliment,” he added with a wry look, “if it is a compliment.”
My take: What Tim Cook is trying to do is fill Steve Jobs’ shoes. Now that’s a full-time job.