News / USA

    Time Magazine's Person of the Year: Obama

    A 2008 issue of Time magazine features then-Senator Obama, Democratic National Convention, Denver, Aug. 25, 2008.
    A 2008 issue of Time magazine features then-Senator Obama, Democratic National Convention, Denver, Aug. 25, 2008.
    VOA News
    Time magazine has named U.S. President Barack Obama its "Person of the Year."
     
    The magazine says president Obama's historic re-election was symbolic of the country's changing demographics. It also called him the "symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America."
     
    This is the president's second time receiving the accolade; Obama, a Democrat and the first African-American U.S. president, was selected for the honor in 2008, after winning his first presidential election.
     
    Time awarded a runner-up spot to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban militants earlier this year for standing up for girls' education. She survived the October attack.
     
    Other finalists included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Italian scientist Fabiola Giannati.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

    Related video report by Jim Malone

    You May Like

    US Internet Giants, EU Reach Deal to Combat Online Hate Speech

    Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft commit to ‘quickly and efficiently’ act to clamp down on use of social media to incite violence, terror

    Tunisia’s Ennahda Party Begins a New Political Chapter

    Party now moves to separate its political and religious activities; change described by party members as pragmatic response to political and economic challenges facing Tunisia today

    Virtual Reality Fine-tuned at Asia Tech Show

    Microchip designers hope to improve resolution for users of systems that can turn your bedroom into the ocean floor

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 2
        Next 
    by: lew pin from: Sykesville Maryland
    January 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    I wonder.......
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    Till selfish gain no longer stain
    The banner of the free!
    God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law!

    by: Brandt Hardin
    December 20, 2012 3:31 PM
    Despite all odds, our President prevailed in gaining re-election. He still has an uphill battle fighting a Red House which has blocked his every move in an attempt to squash his goals of bringing the Middle Class equal pay, women’s rights, gay rights and affordable healthcare. The Bush Administration drove our economy into a swift nose dive and Obama is still the patsy. Watch conservative hands paint him in Blackface with a visual commentary of how Barack has been bamboozled at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

    by: ALPHA from: IVORY COAST
    December 20, 2012 9:32 AM
    Once again president Obama has conquered people heart.
    AS an african it is a proud forme. I am very happy for him

    by: John from: Louisville, Kentucky
    December 20, 2012 5:32 AM
    Jim and Bob,
    Your homework assignment is to post facts and not conjecture about the President. I'm guessing you both have never read up on the Nixon presidency, or Warren Harding for that matter. You can flail about forever with your anger that neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney could win the job, or pretend that your lives have been altered on a daily level and it is Mr. Obama's fault (somehow)...just think, everyone else lived through eight years of George W. Bush.

    by: Jane from: Syracuse
    December 20, 2012 3:07 AM
    I will never read anything by this publication again. I'm thoroughly disgusted. Others were so more deserving and the world is sick to death of hearing about this narcissist EVERY DAY and seeing his face EVERY WHERE. So for others that are deserving you give no honor and throw more attention to the media whore. No class. You must be on his band wagon, too. See ya'!

    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    December 20, 2012 2:32 AM
    Pres Obama, is probably one of the greatest US presidents in the last 60+ yrs. I have closely watched them all, from the time of the Eisenhower presidency; the only one I see ahead of Obama was Pres. Ronald Regan. The state of the US economy, when Obama was first elected, and for that matter the same applies to most Western countries, was in dire straights. The sit for the Western nations continues to be difficult; things are slowly getting better. China, India, Brazil and to a lesser extent other emerging economies are very tough competitors. The state of the economy reflects on all other aspects of a nation. Obama has not had it easy. Time Mag was right to pick Pres. Obama.

    by: Marley from: WV
    December 20, 2012 12:20 AM
    Oh my goodness what millionare paid for this farce! Oh sure he is gaining respect all over the world for taking down the United States single handed. Other countries love that he is weakening the economy.and the very principles this country was built on. Sickening! I have lost all respect for Time. They have become another member of the sheep that are being led blindly to slaughter.

    by: Redd from: NY
    December 19, 2012 10:20 PM
    Person of the Year again? I'm canceling my subscription. I don't want this trash in my home any longer.

    by: Joyce from: Grass Valley, CA
    December 19, 2012 9:11 PM
    Barack Obama was the perfect choice. Despite incredible resistance, hate-filled opposition, disasters, two inherited wars, billions of dollars directed against him, and an economy in shambles, Obama has successfully stood for what is good and right in our country. What an incredible human being. Excellent choice, Time magazine.

    by: Rick Kirchhoff from: San Clemente, CA
    December 19, 2012 8:53 PM
    This announcement gives TIME magazine the validity of MAD magazine. Cancel my subscription now!
    Comments page of 2
        Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Tech Startups Showcase Wares at Amsterdam Conferencei
    X
    Serginho Roosblad
    May 30, 2016 5:11 PM
    More than 20,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and lovers of digital technology came together in Amsterdam recently at the Next Web Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital technology, look to the future and, of course, to connect. In recent years, there has been an explosion of so-called startup businesses that have created devices and applications that have changed the way we live; but, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA, there are pitfalls for such startups as well.
    Video

    Video Tech Startups Showcase Wares at Amsterdam Conference

    More than 20,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and lovers of digital technology came together in Amsterdam recently at the Next Web Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital technology, look to the future and, of course, to connect. In recent years, there has been an explosion of so-called startup businesses that have created devices and applications that have changed the way we live; but, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA, there are pitfalls for such startups as well.
    Video

    Video US Military's Fallen Honored With Flags

    Memorial Day is a long weekend for most Americans. For some, it is the unofficial start of summer -- local swimming pools open and outdoor grilling season begins. But Memorial Day remains true to its origins -- a day to remember the U.S. military's fallen.
    Video

    Video Rolling Thunder Rolls Into Washington

    The Rolling Thunder caravan of motorcycles rolled into Washington Sunday, to support the U.S. military on the country's Memorial Day weekend
    Video

    Video A New Reading Program Pairs Kids with Dogs

    Dogs, it is said, are man's best friend. What some researchers have discovered is that they can also be a friend to a struggling reader. A group called Intermountain Therapy Animals trains dogs to help all kinds of kids with reading problems — from those with special needs to those for whom English is a second language. Faiza Elmasry has more on the New York chapter of R.E.A.D., or Reading Education Assistance Dogs, in this piece narrated by Faith Lapidus.
    Video

    Video Fan Base Grows for Fictional Wyoming Sheriff Longmire

    Around the world, the most enduring symbol of the U.S. is that of the cowboy. A very small percentage of Americans live in Western rural areas, and fewer still are cowboys. But the fascination with the American West is kept alive by such cultural offerings as “Longmire,” a series of books and TV episodes about a fictional Wyoming sheriff. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke with Longmire’s creator, Craig Johnson, and filed this report from Houston.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora