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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.
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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.

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Jim Malone
December 20, 2012 1:13 AM
Time Magazine has named President Barack Obama its "Person of the Year" for 2012, following a tumultuous year in U.S. politics. Mr. Obama won re-election after a hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney. But the president has no shortage of challenges awaiting him in a second term, as we hear from VOA national correspondent Jim Malone.

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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!

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