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Steve Jobs Gets Presidential & British Props



    Steve Jobs Gets Presidential & British Props
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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 01: Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced upgraded versions of the entire iPod line, including an iPod Touch that includes a camera and smaller version of Apple TV. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    It's a long way to come for Steve Jobs, having left the company he co-founded -- and quite erroneously being reported dead -- to being held up as paragon of American innovation and success.

    Task-mastering prowess even led to having a tech-term coined for his charisma and focus: the Reality Distortion Field.

    Britain's Financial Times have named Jobs their person of the year, citing the iPad as "[t]he culmination of an approach that he has seemingly been perfecting for his entire career."

    To prove the point, FT heavily subsidized employee purchases of the tablet so they, as a company, could share the user experience -- and hone their business approach to it.

    One year removed from a liver transplant, Jobs is riding a tech zeitgeist that he helped create. He's also riding some significant personal gains (read cash-money).

    President Obama answered a reporter's question about the top earners in America in relation to their tax burden, according to

    The president prefaced his answer with a reference to present-day tycoons outnumbering the pre-Depression wealth gap of the 1920s.

    Then he slid into some fanboy praise: "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."