By now you\u2019ve probably read about the Federal Bureau of Investigation\u2019s extensive background check on Steve Jobs, who was being considered for an appointment to President George H.W. Bush\u2019s Export Council in 1991. In a sweeping 191-page file, the FBI found that Jobs had a sordid past full of drug use, was possibly a dead-beat dad, dodged interviews, had a fiery temper, and would lie to achieve his goals.\n\tEssentially, Jobs would make a great political operator \u2013 and he did serve on the council.\n\tThere\u2019s little question among Jobs aficionados that his mercurial personality and an almost laser-focus on achieving certain goals helped him become one of the greatest CEOs in American history. But do successful business traits translate well to politics?\n\tThe FBI findings of Jobs have even more meaning today, as presidential hopeful Mitt Romney tries to ride his successful business career at Bain & Company to the White House. Romney\u2019s pitch, like the Jobs Export Council appointment, claims that someone with business experience knows what it takes to fix the economy.\n\t\u201cMaking good economic policy isn\u2019t at all like maximizing corporate profits," writes New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. "And businessmen \u2013 even great businessmen \u2013 do not, in general, have any special insights into what it takes to achieve economic recovery.\u201d\n\tI\u2019ll be the first to admit that I don\u2019t know what a president or an export council member even does. But my guess is that a political operator needs to be able to work well with people in order to achieve results. Whatever the late-Jobs was, he wasn\u2019t "good with people."\n\tRemember \u201cAntennagate\u201d last summer? After weeks of staying silent about an antenna design flaw in the newly released iPhone 4 despite growing consumer concern, Jobs finally called a hasty press conference at Apple headquarters. He proceeded to dish out a half-hearted mea culpa by announcing plans for free \u201cbumpers,\u201d after blasting the media for blowing the problem out of proportion.\n\tHe then declared the antenna flap over.\n\tJobs shunned committees, fiefdoms and even market research, in favor of one man\u2019s control. Yet the President\u2019s Export Council is made up of 28 private-sector members, advising the President on government policies affecting U.S. trade performance. All of this makes me wonder how Jobs' advisements to President Bush Sr.\u00a0 were received.\n\tAs told by Walter Isaacson in his biography "Steve Jobs", Jobs insisted President Obama personally ask him for a meeting and then told him, \u201cYou\u2019re headed for a one-term presidency.\u201d Jobs felt President Obama wasn\u2019t supportive enough of American manufacturing, comparing how much easier it is to build factories in China due to less regulations and unnecessary costs.\n\tTaking aim at his biggest rival, Jobs said about Microsoft\u2019s Bill Gates: \u201cBill is unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he\u2019s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people\u2019s ideas.\u201d\n\tWhether or not Jobs was right doesn\u2019t matter. It\u2019s hard to imagine such outspokenness and lack of tact currying favor among politicians and achieving goals.\n\tThe FBI report described Jobs as someone who will \u201ctwist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.\u201d Is this the kind of person who should be appointed as an advisor to the President of the United States?\n\tCall me cynical, but it's probably not far off, and achieving goals no matter what is an outlook that business and politics definitely have in common. President Jobs? Don't think so. But as a strategist, he might have been magical.