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Steve Jobs' Death: Obama Says 'World Has Lost a Visionary'

President Barack Obama Jobs Speech - P 2011
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"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," he says on the official White House blog.

President Barack Obama issued a statement Wednesday mourning the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Via the White House’s official blog, the president issued the following statement, calling Jobs one of the “greatest American innovators” and a “bold thinker.”

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“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

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

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“The world has lost a visionary,” Obama said. “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.”

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Jobs died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.