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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: John Shepherd from: Minneapolis
December 19, 2012 7:16 PM
Thank Heavens I don't take Time Magazine anymore, for you to pick Obama as the the Man of the year, you should be ashamed. This Man is going to destroy our country and our Children's future! I have always Honored our Highest level of the the office of our Government, but not now. You people must have better things to do than honor a person that is on the brink of destroying one of the greatest countries in the world. I have no care whether is Green, white,yellow or pink, but you people must not have had a very good selection to choose from this year. In my 70 years I have never seen a worse choice!! John Shepherd


by: Bob from: NY
December 19, 2012 5:53 PM
Obama is the most disgraceful president ever elected. He has lied and divided the country. I give him no praise whatsoever. I will now stop reading Time magazine.


by: CKENN19 from: Missouri
December 19, 2012 5:05 PM
Oops. What an epic failure this was. No politicians, American politicians should be given a title of Person of the Year. What did they go to print before 8 school teachers threw themselves in front of a crazed gunmen last friday? EPIC failure.


by: Rob Swift from: Great Britain
December 19, 2012 3:47 PM
President Obama has earned a great deal of respect around the world. Well done Time Magazine.


by: JimD
December 19, 2012 1:14 PM
Being Time's person of the year is virtually meaningless unless it is meant to vilify a man who has destroyed morality, brought a once great country to it's knees, spent a lot of hard working people's money and handed it out to socialist parasites. Still an amateur.

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