World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow…Reporters for foreign outlets, admitted for the first time to the White House press pool, got the impression that the vaunted American freedoms are not all they’re cracked up to be…even the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, was more talkative with the press than Obama…The restrictions have become a common practice for the Obama White House.
I’ll blog about this sorry state of the news media and the Obama Administration in the future. But for now: There are striking similarities in the marketing habits of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and President Obama. Both run organizations that exact tight control over messaging, restrict press access to information and effectively use aspirational marketing to inspire people. Coincidence? I think not.