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During his highly-anticipated acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, the President was supposed to give a shout-out to search giant Google. Instead, at the last minute, he opted to praise Apple's founder.
Here's the line from Obama's prepared remarks, as given to the New York Times: "We believe that a little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the founder of the next Google."
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And here's the line as delivered: "We believe that a little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next Steve Jobs."
The last-minute switch suggests Obama ad-libbed the line, ignoring what was on his TelePromTer.
Apple's founder and CEO, who passed away a little over a year ago, was also given a shout-out in Governor Mitt Romney's acceptance speech in Tampa last week.
Here's Romney's line: "Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world."
Technically, Romney was incorrect: Jobs quit his post in 1985, after the board refused to back him over a dispute with then-CEO John Sculley (although Jobs would later claim he had been fired).
Regardless, it's a stunning tribute to Jobs to be mentioned in the speeches of both Presidential candidates. As for Google? Perhaps founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will get a shout-out in 2016.
This story originally published on Mashable here.