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Statement by Obama on the Death of Steve Jobs

Just released by the White House:


Office of the Press Secretary



October 5, 2011

Statement by the President on the Passing of Steve Jobs 

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.

27 Responses to Statement by Obama on the Death of Steve Jobs

  1. MrJobs was 56 years old when he died and to someone aged like me, that’s young. When a young man of talent and genius dies, the world wonders what could have been if he only had 20 more years.
    His passing is a sad occasion for all of us.

    • Agree Srdem and the world also wonders how many more Steve Jobs would have been born if, since the legalization of abortion in 1973, there have been approximately 50 million abortions performed in the United States? Chances are there would have been hundreds.

  2. Wow, I am saddened & prayerful for the Jobs family for comfort & peace during this time of bereavement. There are no words that can bring solice at this time. I may not have know Mr Jobs personally but with is inventions I felt a personal connection. His humility & tenacity to create technical products to progress the way the world talks to one another will never be forgotten. The first time I desired Apple products, I researched Mr Jobs to see why these Apple products were so outstandings with lines for miles for the products. What I observed was a man with humility, love & passion to make life simple & more exciting with technology. Again, this saddens my heart & my prayers go up to heaven for the family, the Apple Corporation & our nation to appreciate the life Mr Jobs gave from his heart. Many companies can learn valuable lessons from Mr Jobs.

  3. The current crop of IT geniuses seems different to me than Steve did.
    They too seem intent on changing the world, (facebook) but I am not so sure it is in the same positive light.
    I respected Mr. Jobs and appreciated his unassuming manner. RIP.

    • I was looking around, back in 1983, for something to do with my life and my Bachelors in Psychology and thought this personal computer thing might take off so I started working for a ComputerLand in Dallas. Eventually, because I was good at running experiments and could fix computers because I took a variable at a time approach to the dip switches and chips, I went from sales to tech. I remember two occasions, once was an early Novell class on 4.61b and later a C++ programming class. Teachers had master degrees, one was philosophy and other was art history, and no one in the classes had a computer science degree. I think that is the difference; the early years were college dropout and liberal arts majors and now they are all computer science degrees with no philosophy, ethics, psychology, history, or literature backgrounds.

      • The only think I can think of is the Disney connection. Which. duh. It’s a stretch. Jobs was a businessman, and a creative one at that. Storyteller?

        It stuck out to me, though, because Obama is big on telling stories, and I found it interesting that he sees the world this way. That a president’s job is, basically, to sell the American people a “story.” I mentioned it in a post of mine here with a link to this WSJ piece. In it is this piece, from the POTUS:

        Then he asks, “What’s the particular requirement of the president that no one else can do?” He answers: “What the president can do, that nobody else can do, is tell a story to the American people” about where we are as a nation and should be.


  4. Jobs is exactly the job- and wealth-providing idea person this president should be praising–this is sort of weak–we learned about his passing on the device he invented—uh, OK…

  5. so, how much did the government make yesterday with the estate taxes on Steve Jobs. Does the president now own Apple?

    • Top rate death tax is 55%. The vultures will be looking for their cut in a couple of weeks. Hopefully the family doesn’t have to sell their interest in Apple to pay them.

  6. Mostly what I remember hearing about in the 1990s (while working at Apple Computers, Elk Grove, CA) was all the cocaine that Steve would supply on his office desktop to his managers (in the eighties) before they would all hit the work floor for the day. Look how cocaine and booze burned him out! Do we really want the message to kids to be that you might need a lot of coke to be a great visionary? (He would not even sign my five-year plaque I received for five years of service at Apple.) Consider. Think Different, for sure!

  7. RIP Steve and we ALL LOVE you, and you LOVED ALL…
    Expressed in you PASSION to SERVE ALL…
    To help them COMMUNICATE among ALL…
    To aid them to COOL OFF when they brains fuse in confusion with music…
    To hold hands while ALL see their inner workings of a MACHINE with iMac (i as Machine)…

    Pranam to such creative genius.
    Unfortunately, few machines in real world won’t fit well even the tiny tools you create and for such those its best to not make them available. Hope you are listening from up above!! ;-)


  8. “By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.”

    “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    Which of those would you like us to believe, Mr. President?