http://macsoda.com/2009/01/03/why-steve-really-isnt-giving-the-keynote/ http://9to5mac.com/Steve-Jobs-CTO Maybe Steve Jobs bailing on Macworld (and also on Apple) is somehow related to his appointment as Obama's Chief Technology Officer. Just for fun, let's consider the connections. Obama is an Apple fan, we know he and his team use Macs. And yes he does jog with an iPod (who doesn't?). Apple, as did most of Silicon valley, largely supported Obama's presidency. And there was the Obama iPhone App. Obama has also been endorsed by Apple board member Al Gore, who also happens to be a good friend of Steve Jobs. Barack Obama needs someone who is ahead of the times, a visionary who could guide our technological decisions in the best way possible. Steve Jobs has proved time and time again that he knows what technology should be like, and that his vision of the future is essentially always correct when it comes to this field. He would be perfect for the position, because frankly, no one is as much of a genius as he is in this regard. Obama has announced every other member of his cabinet except for Chief Technology Advisor. Is this because he hasnt made up his mind yet? I doubt it. He must have been thinking about this for a long time, considering it was his idea to create this position. A more likely scenario is that his choice, Steve Jobs, doesnt want him to announce it. I can just picture Steve telling Obama that the only way he will take the job is if he can announce it at Macworld himself. This would explain why the announcement hasnt been made, and all the others have been. Steve also is a strong democrat, and is really good friends with Al Gore. Perhaps Al Gore, Steve, and Obama himself will all show up at MacWorld to make this announcement, whether it be in person or via iChat. Talk about a one more thing! Is this rampant speculation? Of course. Is it likely to happen? Probably not. But it definitely is a possibility.