Amelio did as Jobs had requested and described his new role as merely that of a part-time advisor.
Instead of appearing from the wings of the stage, Jobs walked in from the rear of the auditorium and ambled down the aisle.
Amelio had told the gathering that Jobs would be too tired to say anything, but by then he had been energized by the applause.
"I'm very excited," Jobs said. "I'm looking forward to get to reknow some old colleagues."
Louise Kehoe of the Financial Times came up to the stage afterward and asked Jobs,
sounding almost accusatory, whether he was going to end up taking over Apple.
"Oh no, Louise," he said. "There are a lot of other things going on in my life now. I have a family.
I am involved at Pixar. My time is limited, but I hope I can share some ideas."
The next day Jobs drove to Pixar. He had fallen increasingly in love with the place,
and he wanted to let the crew there know he was still going to be president and deeply involved.
But the Pixar people were happy to see him go back to Apple part-time; a little less of Jobs's focus would be a good thing.
He was useful when there were big negotiations, but he could be dangerous when he had too much time on his hands.
When he arrived at Pixar that day, he went to Lasseter's office
and explained that even just being an advisor at Apple would take up a lot of his time.
He said he wanted Lasseter's blessing.
"I keep thinking about all the time away from my family this will cause, and the time away from the other family at Pixar," Jobs said.
"But the only reason I want to do it is that the world will be a better place with Apple in it."
Lasseter smiled gently. "You have my blessing," he said.