The punditry were divided on whether Jobs would even show for today’s press event. Those opining he wouldn’t show claimed it was a nothing announcement — just a product refresh; no iTablet, why bother? He was done being the public face of Apple (s aapl) and was turning the keynotes over to Phil Schiller, VP of Marketing. He was still too weak to manage an event.
Jobs proved them wrong and surprised everyone by not only making an appearance at the “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event, he resumed his role as Master of Ceremonies.
Looking thin and a tad gaunt in his first appearance after a six-month medial leave, Jobs said to a standing ovation, “I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs, and I wouldn’t be here without such generosity.” Seeing how thin he is now — and assuming he’s put on some weight since his transplant — I hate to think about how thin he got.
While much has been said and joked about Jobs being the Leader of the Faithful, it was important for me to see him on stage again. It was important for me to see him take the reins and show he’s back at what, for all intents and purposes, was a meaningless event.
While Jobs makes products I enjoy using — and am able to pocket some coin writing about — I’m just happy to see him alive and well. It was nice to see him acknowledge the adoration of the Faithful and admit that he is human, and that had he not received the transplant, he would be dead. That’s a far cry from a “hormone imbalance.”
So, welcome back, Steve. We’ve missed you. It’s good to see you again.