President Joe Biden of the United States presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs today. This Thursday, the White House announced the winners and noted that Steve Jobs’ innovations had altered communication worldwide.
STEVE JOBS (D. 2011) WAS A LEADING FIGURE AT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AS WELL AS THE CO-FOUNDER, CHAIR, AND CEO OF APPLE, INC. AND PIXAR. His creativity, imagination, and vision resulted in inventions that revolutionized the computer, music, film, and wireless industries as well as the way the world communicates.
On Twitter, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged Jobs’ achievement and praised him for being a “visionary” who saw the world for “what it could be.”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is granted to people who have “made extraordinary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other major societal, public, or private undertakings.” It is the highest civilian distinction in the country.
Along with Simone Biles, Sister Simone Campbell, Julieta Garca, Gabrielle Giffords, Fred Gray, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Khizr Khan, Sandra Lindsay, John McCain (posthumous), Diane Nash, Megan Rapinoe, Alan Simpson, Richard Trumka (posthumous), Wilma Vaught, Denzel Washington, and Ral Yzaguirre, Jobs received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.