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Last night Steve Jobs was on stage at All Things Digital answering questions about the iPad, iPhone, and Apple in general. Today it was Steve Ballmer's turn, and unfortunately he was put into a defensive mode by Walt Mossberg because a number of the questions were centered around responses from Jobs the night before. That said, I'm reminded of what I heard happened in the Nixon-Kennedy debates back in 1960. Historians argue that Kennedy won, not because his words were better, but he appeared better. When you watch Steve Ballmer, it's almost impossible to remember that this man is the CEO of the largest software company on the planet. He has to be smart, but he is such a horrible public speaker, I always end up wondering why Microsoft hasn't fired him yet.
Check out the video clip below, where it's borderline impossible to understand what he's trying to say. Be sure to check out the clever, if inaccurate, jab at the iPad around the 3:55 mark.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer apparently had issues with a Microsoft employee in Seattle this week after the employee was caught snapping a picture with an iPhone. Ballmer then grabbed the iPhone, joked about it and held it aloft as the crowd booed. He then pretended to stomp on it and walked away, with everything being shown on the big screen behind him.