Barack Obama on the passing of Steve Jobs: talented enough to change the world

Wed, Oct 5, 2011


Barack Obama tonight issued an official statement on the passing of Steve Jobs.

Putting aside the Obama’s proclivity for all things Apple away for a second, it’s worth noting that Obama had the utmost respect for Jobs and had met with him privately a few times over the years to discuss everything from technology to education initiatives.

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.  By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.  And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last.  Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Obama’s last line, about people learning of Jobs’ death via devices he helped invent is, perhaps, the ultimate tribute to a man who dedicated his life to bringing technology to the masses.

via White House



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