What President Obama Said

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Apple's co-founder, who had been in failing health since being diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, stepped down as CEO on Aug. 24.

In a message to Apple employees, Cook wrote:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email: rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Michael Dell, the recent subject of an eWEEK cover story, sent this message to eWEEK: "Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend, and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team."

The President Offers Perspective

President Barack Obama, who was given an iPad 2 by Jobs in March -- before it was released worldwide -- remembered Jobs as one of America's greatest innovators and says the world has lost a visionary.
Obama said in a statement on the White House Web site Oct. 5 that Jobs was brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

The president also said Jobs exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.

In a tweet sent separately from his statement, Obama said, in his words, "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."

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos earlier this year, Obama said: "I've got an iPad. Steve Jobs actually gave it to me a little bit early. It was cool; I got it directly from him."

Jobs had dinner with Obama and several other leading Silicon Valley CEOs at the home of venture capitalist John Doerr in Woodside, Calif., last Feb. 18.

This article was originally published on 2011-10-05
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