Jobs was, in fact, trotted out for Macworld right at the beginning of January, and this reaffirmed his opinion that Amelio was a bozo.
Close to four thousand of the faithful fought for seats in the ballroom of the San Francisco Marriott to hear Amelio's keynote address.
He was introduced by the actor Jeff Goldblum.
"I play an expert in chaos theory in The Lost World: Jurassic Park," he said.
"I figure that will qualify me to speak at an Apple event."
He then turned it over to Amelio, who came onstage wearing a flashy sports jacket and a banded-collar shirt buttoned tight at the neck,
"looking like a Vegas comic," the Wall Street Journal reporter Jim Carlton noted,
or in the words of the technology writer Michael Malone, "looking exactly like your newly divorced uncle on his first date."
The bigger problem was that Amelio had gone on vacation, gotten into a nasty tussle with his speechwriters, and refused to rehearse.
When Jobs arrived backstage, he was upset by the chaos,
and he seethed as Amelio stood on the podium bumbling through a disjointed and endless presentation.