I think it’s strange that anyone would even ask Google CEO Eric Schmidt if he’d be interested in becoming Barack Obama’s chief technology czar, let alone expect Schmidt to be actually interested.
But, that’s exactly what Mad Money’s Jim Cramer asked Schmidt.
CRAMER: ALL RIGHT, BUT LOOK, HERE’S WHAT I WOULD DO IF I WERE HIM. I WOULD SAY, OKAY, ERIC, YOU TALK A GOOD GAME. I WANT YOU TO RESIGN FROM GOOGLE AND COME TO WORK FOR ME AS MY CHIEF TECH CZAR. IF CALLED, WOULD YOU DO IT?
SCHMIDT: I LOVE WORKING AT GOOGLE, AND I’M HAPPY AT GOOGLE, SO THE ANSWER IS NO.
CRAMER: REALLY? YOU WOULD TURN DOWN THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AT THIS TIME OF CRISIS?
SCHMIDT: GOOGLE IS ITS OWN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY. LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS OWN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY. I’M READING IN THE PAPER TODAY THAT MICROSOFT IS TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COLLAPSE OF GOOGLE, YAHOO AND GET INTO VERIZON…
I love how Schmidt put all of his media coaching to good use. Here’s what you’re taught, when facing a tough question, you’d rather not answer. Find some tenuous link to the original question and then throw in something along the lines of "let’s talk about that instead." Schmidt will get a gold star from his PR folks.
Seriously though, why would Schmidt give up what is arguably the best technology job in the world? It would be akin to him leaving Google to join a start-up that had burned through it’s first round of VC money, raised a boat-load more, but now has a rookie CEO and a huge burn rate!
I think I’d stay put too. What about you?