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Apple CEO Steve Jobs got a little shout-out on Wednesday from none other than the President of the United States, who held the executive up as an incentive for the rest of us to become wealthy and successful.
CNET News is reporting that President Barack Obama name-dropped Apple CEO Steve Jobs during a question and answer session on Wednesday with the press, using the Cupertino executive as an example of someone “who has created two or three different revolutionary products” and should be an incentive for others to reach for the American dream.
"What is...a fact is that people in the top one percent, people in the top one-tenth of one percent, or one-hundredth of one percent have a larger share of income and wealth than any time since the 1920s,” Obama responder to a reporter’s question. “Those are just facts. That's not a feeling on the part of Democrats. Those are facts."
The President then segued into his praise of Steve Jobs: “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. That should be what we're focused on. How are we creating opportunity for everybody? So that we celebrate wealth. 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.”
Though we Mac fans might take issue with Obama limiting Jobs’ success to a mere “two or three different revolutionary products,” it’s nice to see that Apple’s CEO is being held up as a model of capitalism -- even when the comment ironically comes from a President frequently accused of pushing the United States toward socialism.
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