If you were Tim Cook, about to meet U.S. President Obama to talk NSA spying and the Obamacare website, what would you say?

If you were Tim Cook, about to meet U.S. President Obama to talk NSA spying and the Obamacare website, what would you say?

Tim Cook and other tech execs are expected to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss, among other things, NSA spying and the Obamacare website. Zeke J Miller, writing for Time:

“Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” a White House official said. “The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

I've watched enough episodes of The West Wing to know not much typically comes out of such meetings, but if you were the CEO of Apple, how would you use your face-time with the President? What issues would be the most important for Apple's customers and long term plans?

Personally, I'd respectfully ask the government to only and always act within the bounds of the law, with all the transparency that requires. For the health pages, I'm not sure there's an Apple-style solution, unless you can manage contractors like Tim Cook manages supply chain...

Source: Time

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

bobbob1016 says:

Mr President, why would you do this? http://t.qkme.me/3s01vc.jpg (it is a relevant link)

Stephen McGauley says:

Help me, Help you. You allow us to openly share information regarding requests from the NSA and we help you with your website.

Becjr says:

Long term? I'd want to make it more appealing and rewarding to manufacture products here in the US instead of abroad.

iDisturbia says:

Mr. President, please kick Eric Schmuck's out of room before he starts bitching about Amazon's drones, his nightmares about Microsoft taking over Google, Apple getting rid of Google map and etc....

avstryker says:

I would demand his resignation for fraud and gross incompetency.

Brady KEITH says:

what's this i hear about you not being able to use an iphone?

Antron says:


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Becjr says:

We have a winner!

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Dev from tipb says:

Act within the law? As The Daily Show put it when President Obama first said the NSA was acting strictly within the bounds of the law:

"We're not saying you broke the law. We're saying its kind of disturbing you didn't have to."

Of course, even that was several dozen releases of incriminating events ago, but, if the director of the agency can directly lie to Congress and not raise a single judicial eyebrow, there is little hope of ever reining this in.

Ahmed Qadah says:

Please let us handle the supply chain for Healthcare!
If you are not gonna stop spying! don't get caught...

The Reptile says:

If you want our data GET A WARRANT. Otherwise, keep out.

ralphtweety says:


And, Mr. Pres. your web developers should have done all of their developing on my products, you would've had far fewer problems.

Thank you Mr. Pres. and have a great day.