updated 04:50 am EST, Thu December 23, 2010
Someone Americans 'should expect to be rich'
President Barack Obama has cited Apple CEO Steve Jobs as an embodiment of the American dream, according to a report. In discussing the issue of how the wealthiest people in America today are wealthier than ever in America's history, Obama said, "And 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..." Obama then moved to talking about Apple and its iconic CEO.
He continued, "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."
The past decade has been a remarkably successful decade for Apple and its redoubtable CEO. This year has seen Jobs not only singled out by Obama for a special mention, he has also been named CEO of the Decade by MarketWatch. Over this period Jobs has led Apple from being a niche player, to becoming the central force in shaping the future of mobile computing the world over.