Steve Jobs’s Widow Laurene Powell Will Attend Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

Steve Jobs’s Widow Laurene Powell Will Attend Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

It is common for the President of the United States to honor American heroes by inviting them to the annual State of the Union address. No surprise, then, that President Obama is tipping his hat to the legacy of Apple founder Steve Jobs at tonight’s State of the Union address by inviting Jobs’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs to share First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the event.

The event is believed to be Powell’s first public appearance since her husband’s death.

Although Powell is not mentioned on the invite list for tonight’s event specifically in relation to her husband’s accomplishments, it’s known that the nation’s education system will be a special focus of President Obama’s address tonight.

Laurene Powell Jobs has been invited as founder of the Emerson Collective, an organization focused on harnessing the potential of individuals from underserved communities to help them build a better life. She’s also there as the president of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college.

As for her late husband’s contributions to education, they are too numerous to count, culminating in the recent Guggenheim event aimed at promoting inexpensive digital textbooks through iBooks and iBooks Author, as well as making the classroom experience into an app through iTunes U.

Other important individuals to be acknowledged tonight include Warren Buffet’s secretary Debbi Bosanek, whom the billionaire has used as an example of how his employees pay more taxes than he does, and Mark Kelly, the husband of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a shooting last year.

Laurene Powell Jobs will not be the only person invited who has strong ties to the Apple community: Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger will also be in attendance.

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  • BrooklynTrees

    “…to share First Lady Michelle Obama’s box…”
    hehe

  • src527

    obama is for US mediocrity and welfare state. everything that steve jobs worked against. 

  • MacAdvisor

    No one, including Mr. Buffet himself, suggests Warren Buffet’s secretary Debbi Bosanek “pays more taxes than he does.” Despite a reasonable salary, Ms. Bosanek pay considerably less than Mr. Buffet. What she does pay is a higher RATE of taxation. She is in the 33% tax bracket and Mr. Buffet rarely pays more than 10% of his income in taxes. However, 10% of Mr. Buffet’s income is still more than 33% of Ms. Bosanek’s. 

    Still, why should a billionaire pay a lower rate? That doesn’t make any sense as one’s disposable income is significantly more the higher the income. 

  • src527

    warren buffet can freely give more money to the US treasury.
    let his secretary release her income tax returns – she’s paid considerably more than a “secretary” if she isn’t paid in the top 1% then warren buffet is a miser, cheapskate, a scrooge.

    i am sure she didnt fly coach on sprint to go the State of the Union. she probably flew
    on a gulfstream jet — not every eco-friendly.

    one doesn’t pay taxes on one’s assets. only on their interests. capital gains tax is different, for it stimulates economy.  again buffet and steve jobs’ widow can write checks to the US treasury. jobs didn’t believe in philanthropy – so he left a LOT of money to his family. 

  • MacAdvisor

    I am sure Ms. Bosanek is well compensated, but I doubt her salary qualifies her to be in the top 1% of income earners. She’d need to be paid something around $350,000, which, even for Mr. Buffet, is a bit much for a secretary. 

    One can pay taxes on one’s assets, as property tax is an example of, but Mr. Buffet makes a healthy profit each year, so he has income to tax also. 

    There simply isn’t any evidence to support your idea that low capital gains tax rates stimulates the economy. Certainly, if there was a high rate in effect for some years and the rate was lowered for a short period, there would be much selling and a stimulating effective during that window, but there simply isn’t any correlation between capital gains tax rates and economic growth. The idea is just Republican nonsense used to hoodwink the gullible into supporting tax breaks for the rich. 

  • MacAdvisor

    I am sure Ms. Bosanek is well compensated, but I doubt her salary qualifies her to be in the top 1% of income earners. She’d need to be paid something around $350,000, which, even for Mr. Buffet, is a bit much for a secretary. 

    One can pay taxes on one’s assets, as property tax is an example of, but Mr. Buffet makes a healthy profit each year, so he has income to tax also. 

    There simply isn’t any evidence to support your idea that low capital gains tax rates stimulates the economy. Certainly, if there was a high rate in effect for some years and the rate was lowered for a short period, there would be much selling and a stimulating effective during that window, but there simply isn’t any correlation between capital gains tax rates and economic growth. The idea is just Republican nonsense used to hoodwink the gullible into supporting tax breaks for the rich. 

  • MacAdvisor

    I am sure Ms. Bosanek is well compensated, but I doubt her salary qualifies her to be in the top 1% of income earners. She’d need to be paid something around $350,000, which, even for Mr. Buffet, is a bit much for a secretary. 

    One can pay taxes on one’s assets, as property tax is an example of, but Mr. Buffet makes a healthy profit each year, so he has income to tax also. 

    There simply isn’t any evidence to support your idea that low capital gains tax rates stimulates the economy. Certainly, if there was a high rate in effect for some years and the rate was lowered for a short period, there would be much selling and a stimulating effective during that window, but there simply isn’t any correlation between capital gains tax rates and economic growth. The idea is just Republican nonsense used to hoodwink the gullible into supporting tax breaks for the rich. 

  • src527

    sorry for us – but buffet’s secretary makes up to $500,000/year. she owns two homes.

    another obama lie to american people! obama and the democrats has been supported by the ultra-wealthy  - george soros, warren buffet, john corzine, bernie madoff, 

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/pa

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