President Obama, Bill Gates Pay Tribute to Steve Jobs

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updated 10/06/2011 AT 7:00 AM ET

originally published 10/06/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET

The death of Steve Jobs has spurred reactions from around the globe, from customers to world leaders praising his genius and mourning his loss.

Among those paying tribute is President Barack Obama, who issued a statement shortly after Jobs’s death, from pancreatic cancer, was announced Wednesday.

“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs,” Obama said. “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. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.”

Obama added: “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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