Even the President Has Praise for Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is getting plenty of recognition this week. From action figures on eBay to the Financial Times to President Obama, the Apple CEO is in the media spotlight for doing things right.

Obama talked about Jobs in a press conference. The president was discussing the economy and mentioned Jobs as one who is living the American Dream.

“Something that’s always been the greatest strength of America is a thriving, booming middle class, where everybody has got a shot at the American Dream. And that should be our goal,” Obama said.

Obama’s Remarks

“That should be what we’re focused on. How are we creating opportunity for everybody? So that we celebrate wealth,” the president said. “We celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that’s a good thing. We want that incentive. That’s part of the free market.”

“We also want to make sure that those of us who have been extraordinarily fortunate, that we’re contributing to the larger American community so that a whole bunch of other kids coming up are doing well. And that means schools that work and infrastructures like roads and airports that function, and it means colleges and universities that teach and aren’t restricted to just people who can afford it but are open to anybody with talent and a willingness to work.”

Person of the Year

The Financial Times named Jobs “Person of the Year.” The paper called his recovery from a liver transplant “the most remarkable comeback in modern business history.”

The paper also wrote, “Little more than a decade earlier, both Mr. Jobs’ career and Apple, the company he had cofounded, were widely considered washed up. By the start of this year, however, the rebound was complete.”

Finally, a Jobs action figure was removed from…

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