Steve Jobs To Posthumously Be Awarded With Biden’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Jul 2022
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Steve Jobs, reputed for helping to revolutionize the tech industry, will be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 7, 2022, about 11 years after his passing.
The accolade is the most prestigious civilian’s award to be handed out by the US government. The late Apple co-founder has been named among 16 other recipients for embracing the power of possibilities, an attribute President Joe Biden associates the United States with. This will be the first time Biden will be presenting the awards since his administration.
Jobs is noted for his contributions in inventing the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, among others, all of which helped influence the world of consumer technology.
The co-founder of Apple and former CEO of Pixar is lauded by the White House for “his vision, imagination and creativity [that] led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film and wireless industries.”
Two others to receive the award posthumously are John McCain, a public servant who received a Purple Heart with one gold star for his service in the US Navy in Vietnam and represented Arizona in the US House of Representatives; and Richard Trumka, who was president of the 12.5 million-member American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) for over a decade as well as president of the United Mine Workers.
They will be joined by Simone Biles, Sister Simone Campbell, Julieta García, Gabrielle Giffords, Fred Gray, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Khizr Khan, Sandra Lindsay, Diane Nash, Megan Rapinoe, Alan Simpson, Wilma Vaught, Denzel Washington, and Raúl Yzaguirre.
“These 17 Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation—hard work, perseverance, and faith,” says the White House in a press statement. “They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities—and across the world—while blazing trails for generations to come.”
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