By then the press had turned against Amelio.
Business Week ran a cover asking "Is Apple Mincemeat?";
Red Herring ran an editorial headlined "Gil Amelio, Please Resign";
and Wired ran a cover that showed the Apple logo crucified as a sacred heart with a crown of thorns and the headline "Pray."
Mike Barnicle of the Boston Globe, railing against years of Apple mismanagement, wrote,
"How can these nitwits still draw a paycheck when they took the only computer that didn't frighten people
and turned it into the technological equivalent of the 1997 Red Sox bullpen?"
When Jobs and Amelio had signed the contract in February, Jobs began hopping around exuberantly and declared,
"You and I need to go out and have a great bottle of wine to celebrate!"
Amelio offered to bring wine from his cellar and suggested that they invite their wives.
It took until June before they settled on a date, and despite the rising tensions they were able to have a good time.
The food and wine were as mismatched as the diners;
Amelio brought a bottle of 1964 Cheval Blanc and a Montrachet that each cost about $300;
Jobs chose a vegetarian restaurant in Redwood City where the food bill totaled $72.
Amelio's wife remarked afterward, "He's such a charmer, and his wife is too."