Talk about your "insanely great" news: Steve Jobs is now the epitome of the American Dream.
That's according to no less than US President Barack Obama. In a recent sit-down with reporters to discuss his controversial "spread the wealth" (i.e. increase taxes for the wealthy), Obama singled out the Apple CEO/tech trendsetter thusly:
"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…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."
Now, even though Uncle Steve is wealthy — #42 in America, and #4 on Chief Executive magazine's "wealth creator CEO's" list — nobody ever really thinks of Jobs as a rich guy, first and foremost. Successful, sure — but not to the point where the word "billionaire" is routinely prepended to his name (unlike, say, Bill Gates…).
Then again, Obama did visit with Jobs recently; it's possible he got a dose of the patented reality distortion field first-hand.