Obama, Clinton pay tribute to Steve Jobs via video at the Webbys (with video)

“Nearly a dozen celebrities, politicians and tech luminaries paid tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at today’s annual Webby awards show,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“A video featuring President Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton and others expressing admiration for Jobs, who died last October, was shown to attendees and streamed over the Web,” Lowensohn reports. “Also making appearances were U2 frontman Bono, Star Wars creator George Lucas, former U.S. vice president (and current Apple board member) Al Gore, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedians Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Fallon, as well as Web mogul Adriana Huffington, and computer scientist Vint Cerf.”

Lowensohn reports, “Actors John Hodgman and Justin Long, who played the characters of PC and Mac respectively during one of Apple’s most famous and long-running ad campaigns, introduced the video tribute. The video was also preceeded with an individual tribute from actor Richard Dreyfuss, who narrated Apple’s ‘Think Different’ ad… Dreyfuss summed up Jobs’ life in five words, saying the inventor was the ‘exception that proves the rule.'”

Read more in the full article here.

103 Comments

    1. Are you complaining about the headline? Or did something get edited?

      Even real journalists don’t use the “President” title, even LIBERAL journalists don’t use the “President” title all the time. Why take issue with MDN?

    2. Clinton too is accorded the continuing title of President, but it becomes clumsy to mix references to a sitting President and a former one (President Obama and former President Clinton). It is common to headline references to a group of former Presidents (former Presidents Bush and Clinton), but stating Presidents Obama and Clinton fails to honor the distinction in current status.

      I think MDN has a better sense of style, than you do of protocol.

    3. Ever notice how the MSM (supposedly liberal) media referred to Nancy Pelosi when she was Speaker and ‘Speaker’ Boehner, Mr Obama vs President Bush.

      Stylebook Information for Journalists:
      President Obama
      Former President Clinton
      Former President Bush (The Elder)
      Former President Bush (The Idiot)
      Wannabe President Willard ‘Mitt’ RawMoney

        1. Another Reich Wing Loonie!!!
          They never are registered users!
          The name always changes!
          They always end every comment with an exclamation point!

          They must be Willard RawMoney Paid Operatives!

    1. Another Reich Wing Loon!!!
      never are registered users
      name always changes
      end every comment with an exclamation point
      They must be Willard RawMoney Paid Operatives!

        1. Only then will you realize that you need to get money out of your politics, and you will realize that the right wing doesn’t represent anybody but the rich.

          1. No Itch, you clueless communist. Conservatives represent everything that is Great. Freedom, Individual Responsibility, The US Constitution, Hard Work, Greatness, Success, Happiness, Family Values, Private Property, and the American Way.

            You troll-Marxists represent everything under the sun that is wrong and evil and racist.

  1. What’s even more amazing is that “Obama” keeps going after companies, as evil capitalistic-entities, such as Apple, in his political class (and corporate) warfare rants. Then, when it become politically convenient he pays tribute to one of the so-called evil corporate ceo’s.

    Steve jobs was the epitome of an American going after the American dream … Obama does everything he can to destroy such a concept.

    What the title of this article should be is “Hypocritical Obama, the anti-captialistic-president pays tribute to an American icon Steve Jobs”

    1. Do you right-wing parrots have any idea how tiresome your complaining about this fictitious, Bizzarro-World version of President Obama is?

      There are actual, valid real-world things to criticize him over. Why do conservatives have to pull so much sh*t out of their asses?

      1. Well, when you left-wing-socialists stop pushing your insane socialist policies down our throats we’ll stop … otherwise either move to Russia and find out what socialism really means, or realize you have responsibilities as a citizen of this country and stop thinking everyone owes you something!

            1. It’s totally hilarious.

              Clearly, gholland04 is an expert satirist, perfectly demonstrating through absurdity the frothing-at-the-mouth idiocy of right-wingers who go on and on about socialism while clearly not having the slightest idea what it is.

              Obviously parody, because no one is that stupid.

            2. @tclash: It’s best just to not feed the trolls. They’re paid by neocon groups to post as much BS as they possibly can. You won’t change their minds, but by not reacting to their bait you can at least cut down their income.

        1. I’d bet a thousand bucks gholland04 has no idea what socialism is, and the “insane socialist policies” he’s talking about have nothing to actually do with it.

            1. I bet a billion bucks he does.

              You Lemming-Drones know only the communist propaganda the demoTards feed you. You are all Brain Dead!

        2. Simple Solution to “Socialist” problems. Liberals can register and pay extra taxes AND receive benefits, unemployment, and Social Security when they retire. There kids can go to school for free. Conservatives can register “no” pay less taxes and receive no social safety net. If they become unemployed and sick they can use the money they saved over their lifetimes, and pay for their kids to go to school. –and since nobody owes them anything, they can retire on whatever they saved during their lifetime for better or for worse.

          Just remember, if your entire retirement money was invested in an “Enron” type company, nobody owes you anything. You are on your own just the way you believe it should be, right?

          There, that settles it. Now can we all be happy. Liberals can now all help each other, and Conservatives can keep their independence and compete with each other in this wonderful winner takes all form of Capitalism they love so much. It’s the American way right?

          I’ll pick liberal. I am more than happy to pay taxes for your children and medical if bad times hit you, but if you don’t want to play by those rules why should you?

          Why can’t we just have two systems and we can either opt in or opt out. Why do Liberals have to live by conservative rules and Vice Versa.

          If you are pro-life, then go to court sign a pact that you will never have an abortion and commit to life in prison if you do. Also help and make sure that your fellow republicans go jail too. This is what you believe, you should live by your beliefs.

          If you are pro-choice, then continue you life as usual, and allow the pro-life to take the strong stand that they believe in and allow them to put each other in jail for abortion.

          Let’s not impose our beliefs on each other. I guarantee you, that if we really had to subject ourselves to our own beliefs, things would change.

          Just my two cents.

          1. ConfusedCountry, you have a confused mind! Life would be great if it were just that simple, but its not!

            Your social programs would never pay for itself! Then you would be crying for more money (my money)!

            OOPS, thats whats happening today! 15 trillion plus in debt from many of these social programs. Just think how much fun your children are going to have paying for this debt and they get nothing!

            Stop drinking the liberal kool-aid!

            1. Does it really matters whether a Democrat or Republican is president?

              If you were in a coma for a year and woke up after the election and never watched the news for a year would you know who was president? If I were to ask you, “based on your commute, price of gas, Job, and all the shopping you’ve done this year, can you tell me whether the President is Democrat or Republican”. Could you answer?

              None of us would know. So lets stop pretending that it really makes a difference. They are all the same. We have no democracy. How often do you vote? What do you vote for? Do any of them ever do what they promised you they would do?

              We vote once every 4 years for a person who is under no obligation to honor his commitment so what exactly is it that we vote for?

              We spend the rest of our lives at work in a total Dictatorship called Capitalism! …and we argue over which President will give us more Democracy. Anyone who thinks it really makes a difference is drinking the Kool-Aid !

            2. You’re such a bleeding heart liberal! None of what you said makes any sense! Have you spend anytime last year as a Wall Street protester?

              Dictatorship Capitalism = CRONYISM, or what Obama has done to many energy companies the past several years (most have failed at tax payer expense).

              True Capitalism made this country great. Capitalism is how Apple has become successful (not Obama’s cronyism). Apple makes great products that we love to buy and use. Apple makes money. The government is not part of this successful formula.

              One more thing, that’s if your brain can handle it! Democracy leads to tyranny. Just ask any Egyptians how they like their new democracy! Remember the U.S. is REPUBLIC! In a republic freedom does NOT come from the President but from God. Start reading things like the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Great documents like these can help reduce your Kool-aid consumption.

            3. You didn’t answer the question. If you woke up out of a coma and shopped and worked for a year, could you tell if it were a Republican or a Democrat who was President? Of course not so stop pretending it makes such a big difference when you truly can’t tell the difference unless you are told (by Fox News of course).

              Also, what have you ever voted for, some guy who did what he wanted anyway?

              A Russian Friend in the 80’s moved next door to me, and I was as stupid as you once. I asked him, “How do you like living in a free country now that you are away from the Soviet Union?” He answered, “There is no difference. In the Soviet Union we worked for one giant dictatorship, here in the US we are allowed to pick the dictatorship you want to work for, that is the only difference I can see”.
              So answer the question:

              If you woke up out of a coma, and shopped and worked for a year, how would you know which party was president.

              Tell me, WHAT have you voted for? Not who, but WHAT?
              and when you go to work, don’t you still abide by the terms of your dictatorship just like me?

              Stop yelling like a crazed Republican and think about what I just said. I find it interesting that I just put our entire political system on trial (both Democrat and Republican) and yet you the Republican starts yelling at me. How come it wasn’t a Democrat who started yelling at me? After all, I equally challenged the Democrats with that same point.

              Why does it always seem that Liberals have the capacity to think and conservatives just become irrational? That is about the only difference I can see.

              We live our lives more like Monarchies of the past. I can either live by the terms of the King of England, or move and live by the terms of the King of France, but either way it’s a Monarchy.

              Today I can vote for nothing, and then pick my Monarchy. Either King of IBM, or King of Exxon, it’s still a Monarchy.

              If you want to believe we have come so far since those days you can believe it, but me, I’m at work, and I’ll do my job by the grace of the Corporate King, and keep my mouth shut for fear of being exiled–oh yeah, I forgot, they now called it being fired.

              Except for the nice gadgets, our standard of living, and medicine, we still live the same way they did 500 years ago. Very little has changed. Politics and Power rules, and the rest of us conform for the sake of our families, and YOU my friend, are no different than me! –so stop believing the Republican party will “break you free”. If you believe that, than you are a bigger fool than I. We are at least a thousand years away from any true form of government that remotely resembles a democracy, and a Republic really means survival of the fittest, which is another word for living like Animals.

              Maybe we should study the way the Dolphins govern themselves. We might find that the way they live and govern themselves to be an upgrade from the way we treat each other here in “Humanville”

          2. I am afraid that WMD4 is correct, all the class warfare that the current liberal elite leadership is trying to stir up is a crock.

            The real truth is that the top 1% of wage earners pay a third (37%) of the total federal income tax collected. The top 10% (inclusive) pay 70% of those taxes. On the other end of the scale the bottom -half- of wage earners (below about 32,000) pay about 3% of the total taxes paid.

            Dosen’t really fit with the “the rich don’t pay their fair share” mantra that the liberals continue to spew (in order to foment class warfare) does it?

            1. @ ConfusedCountry…I’ll play your little game. If I woke up after being in a coma for the past 20 years. I could tell that this country has been run by a bunch of liberals (Democrats or Republicans). For example:
              – 15 Trillion in debt and growing fast.
              – Federal government spending growing faster than GNP.
              – National Health Care (socialized medicine).
              – Government spending billions on businesses (CRONYISM).
              – U.S. Corporate tax largest than any country in the World!
              – President lying to us every day about the rich not paying taxes, while the rich are denouncing U.S. citizenship so they stop paying 40, 50 and even 60% taxes.
              – Government regulation growing so fast businesses are closing because they can not meet the new fed demands.

              I can go on and on…

              I never said I was a Republican nor said anything about the Democratic party (go back and re-read). Many of them in both parties are about power and telling us how to live our lives.

              Comparing monarchy to a job just shows how shallow you really are! Get some depth to your thinking, again the progressive liberal kool-aid is not serving you well!

            2. You lose!

              You wouldn’t know we were 15 Trillion in Debt unless you were told. (Plus if you check the record, our debt has gone up under both parties)

              Etc, etc. Nothing you said you could conclude from living you life without being told. You can tell what percent the rich people pay from buying gas?

              As far as monarchies, well, I looked up the definition:
              “supreme power or sovereignty held by a single person.”
              Sounds a lot like my job. How about you?

            3. ConfusedCountry, you are wrong, we all lose!

              We have many in this country, like you, that are uninformed with news, history or government.

              We all lose, because people like you can vote.

              We all lose, because people like you always vote for the ones who teach us to hate other groups of people.

              We all lose, because people like you truly believe that Government is the answer to many of our problems.

              If things don’t change soon, you will have two things in common. You will work and be governed by a monarchy, and we all lose.

              I am glad to see you lookup the definition of a monarchies. Now go read about the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. These great documents will help you understand a lot about this country.

              One more thing;

              STOP DRINKING THE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE KOOL-AID!

            4. The fact is, the Constitution is just an ideal for all of us to believe in. It is the way we’d like things to be in an ideal world, but it is not what we are. In the end we still only throw one vote every four years for a person who does whatever he wants anyway, and then we go to work and follow orders. This is the American Way for 99% of the population–always has and always will be.

              Next time your boss yells at you, pull out the Constitution and read it to him, let me how much it helps.
              In fact, tell me one time in your life that the Constitution has ever served any purpose in your life whatsoever. It’s a belief just like Religion. It comes down to one simple fact: Half of our lives are ruled by the Government, and the other half of our lives are ruled by the Monarchies and Dictatorships we choose to work for. This is the life we live, and our choice of President won’t change the life we live.

              –But if you want to carry the Constitution in your back pocket to help you feel better, be my guest. Some people carry the Bible but you will still get outsourced or fired just as fast.

              Nobody cares about the Constitution. Corporations care about profit, and Government cares about kickbacks from the Corporations. The only person I have seen who remotely cares about the Constitution is Ron Paul who is not likely to be nominated anyway, so stop pretending that anything will change.

              This whole Republican/Democratic debate reminds me of the Red Sox and the Yankees. We all are passionate about the outcome, but in the end it makes no difference to the way we will live our lives.

              …but it is a free country. If you want to believe that once Mitt Romney gets elected, you will all of a sudden have a say in your job, get plenty of raises and the price of gas will drop to $2.00 again. Be my guest. In the end, Romney will be no different than Obama, he will promise “change” and as soon as he gets into power, he will swing to the middle and do nothing, just like all the rest of them. Obama included.

              The only power the President really has in our lives is to bring up discussion. If the President talks about Gay Marriage we all do. If the President talks about Health Care we all do, and Congress mostly takes over from there.

              So just vote for the President who will steer the country’s discussion into the direction you want to talk about, because that is all the President really accomplishes in our society. He is like the head of the debate team.

              If you don’t want to talk about gay marriage, vote for Romney, if you do, vote for Obama. That is all the President can hope to accomplish.

              Forget the Constitution, there are very few Americans who have any use for it at all. All the power and authority that the Constitution offers, you delegated away from you the minute you cast your vote. The Constitution is for the people who Govern you, not for you.
              Do they EVER let you vote on issues yourself? No. You MUST delegate the authority given by the Constitution to the person you pick to rule you. There is no power granted to YOU, by the constitution. Even in court, the Judge and Jury will decide for you.

              Let’s be real, and stop pretending any of this matters. If you really want to have a good debate, let’s debate how we can replace the constitution with something that empowers us all. This Republican/Democrat debate is getting old and useless and will accomplish nothing.

              That’s why I said before, on the track we are on, it will be 1,000 years before we have any form of government that truly empowers the people. I don’t know what it will look like, but this ain’t it.

            5. @Mario

              “What a pathetic excuse for a US Citizen”. You must be a right-winger, because those are the people who seem to think that when a person has his own ideas about how a country should operate, then he should just leave the country, right ?

              ..but I’ll agree with you for a change. The US Constitution is the best it could EVER be, and a thousand years from now we can do no better, and yes, the Earth is still the center of the Universe.

              No wonder Galileo had such a hard time. It’s amazing how little people like you have evolved. You would have been one of the people on the beach laughing at Columbus and shouting “You’re too stupid to be on this flat earth, go sail off the edge you pathetic excuse for a citizen!”. Yup, that would have been YOU.

              If you want to believe the US Constitution is a divine document handed down by God and there will never be anything better, fine. Go fight with the Democrats.

              In the mean time, I’d rather have these discussions with people who have studied Science and Philosophy, not with people like you who have studied the truth according to Fox News! Why should you think for yourself when Fox News is all you need to learn the truth?

            6. PS – Why is it that when I bash the Constitution as imperfect and criticize Democrat AND Republican as meaningless, I get all my attacks from the people on the right?

              Even though I don’t believe in either party, I have to say it does seem like Liberals and Democrats seem to have more capacity to think and draw their own conclusions, while people on the right seem to soak up Fox News and spout it back out like mindless doctrine.

              I think both parties are stupid, but I can say those words to a Democrat, but never to a Republican. Why is that? From where I stand, it seems like Democrats are smarter people and engage in more thought provoking conversations than most of the Republicans I know.

              @Mario

              “Yup, Confused-Idiot is truly delusional”.

              You definitely weren’t smart enough to win at the debating team, were you? Are you angry because there was always a stupid Democrat in the room who was still smarter than you?

            7. @ You are all Morons.

              OK, I’m ready, make your case if you can. Do you vote at work? Do you vote on issues? Do you believe the Constitution will still be the best we can do in 1,000 years?
              Have you ever used the Constitution for anything? If so how? I’d really like to know so I can get a copy and start using it. I’d like to know how smart people like you manage to use your tremendous knowledge of the constitution in ways I can’t. Yes I’m a Moron, but I’ll smarten up and read the constitution and carry it in my back pocket if you can teach me what difference it will make in my life.

              Corporations are People? Give me a break, the constitution is just a rag! If you can’t prove me wrong, then just accept that you are a peasant just like me.

      2. “There are actual, valid real-world things to criticize him over. Why do conservatives have to pull so much sh*t out of their asses?”

        Exactly:
        He has largely governed like what used to be called a moderate Republican. It’s exactly why I did not support him 4 years ago and why I will not again this time. Why vote for a fake Republican masquerading to be a Democrat?

        1. Yeah like the fact that he is ineligible to be President.

          Phony Birth Certificate.

          Phony Social Security Number.

          Born in Kenya.

          Raised in Indonesia.

          Hidden, foreign exchange student, college records

          1. Call Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who happens to be a Republican and was appointed by a Republican. He knows a thing or two about the Constitutional requirements for the President.

            Roberts swore President Obama in 2x no less, since Roberts flubbed the first Oath.

            Hate to destroy the right wing hate-a-thon, but not one Republican member challenged the election, succession or inauguration of the President.

            When Obama is re-elected I guess there will be a massive exodus of conservatards to some country needing a large influx of scared people with little grasp of reality and a great fondness for guns.

    1. … on R&D are not taxed. In fact, any money SPENT is not taxed. Well, except for the purchase – and that tax is paid by the buyer.
      Even money spent on paying gazilions to otherwise useless CEOs and the like are not taxed until they are paid out. If then.

    1. Then again you are supposed to be American to be President … It is funny how he put Kenya as his birthplace while being president at Harvard law school…

    2. Mike F, you’re right, Obama has completely disgraced the office of the presidency, which is, on doubt, very un-American. Thanks for pointing that out. Worst President EVER. #ABO

        1. Hatred of what? Do you mean his color? Don’t assume that everyone who doesn’t like him as a president is full of hatred prejudice. I don’t like him as president, he’s been a great disappointment, and I voted for him. I have plenty of friends of color and my son dates a wonderful black woman. It’s not his color it’s his performance in office.

  2. Not a single props to Steve?

    Nothing but a bunch of political bad mouthing eleven posts deep. You people absolutely suck.

    Thanks Steve. You were an amazing individual!
    Bravo to the video and celebration of a great man.

    1. Yeah, I teared up at the end when they showed Steve’s picture after all that. Such an big empty spot in the world. Forever. The rising of Steve Jobs and The Beatles—what a thrill to witness both in my life time on this planet. At least I got to see Steve in person. Closest I got to a Beatle was visiting the outside of The Dakota building in NY, years after John was gone.
      Why couldn’t it have been Ballmer leaving the planet, no one would notice he was even gone (except Microsloths products might noticeably improve a bit).

  3. PLEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASE MDN!!!!!!!! If there was ever an example of where the fucking bile and infantile shit needs the be edited out, this page is it. WILL YOU PUH-LEASE FER CHRISSAKE PUT AN END TO THIS OFF-POINT, VITRIOLIC BRAINLESS POISONOUS RAVING that we see over and over and over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Talking about a tribute to Steve, and within a few posts it’s turned into petulant “political” drivel. Send them off to sites where people want to read that crap.

  4. Arguing with people like Braddy and MarcusB is like trying to convince 9/11 conspiracy theorists that President GW Bush didn’t bomb the WTC. It useless. You’ve drank too much tea party kool aide. Have fun in your paranoia hate filled life.

    1. As opposed to your Occupy Flea Farty, communist propaganda!

      I will stand with the Patriots in the Tea Party any day against you Parasite, US hating, Racists!

    2. @Mike F. – best not to feed the trolls. They’re paid by neo-con groups to flood boards such as this with as much divisive and insulting BS as they can. They probably don’t even belief what they write – they’re just paid to do it. You’ll never change them, but by not rising to their bait you can at least reduce their pay check.

      1. No one pays America loving conservatives to stick up for their country.

        It has been proven over and over again that LibTards pay their trolls to go on sites all over the internet and spew their Racist-Hate!

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