Obama is Time Person of the Year 2012

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Lifestyle, World Comments

US President Barack Obama is Time Person of the Year for 2012, and not North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, who was voted by the magazine’s readers based on an earlier poll. Mr. Obama was also named Time Person of the Year back in 2008, after he won the election and became the first African American elected president.

Obama Time Person of the Year 2012

Time magazine cover, showing President
Obama as Person of the Year 2012

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As aired at NBC‘s Today Show today, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Time magazine managing editor Rick Stengel announced that President Obama was named Time Person of the Year 2012, and cited his victory in his re-election bid last month beating Republican candidate Mitt Romney, as a major reason.

“He’s basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind of a New America, a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of.” Rick Stengel told the show, revealing the Time magazine showing the cover with the face of President Obama.

“He won re-election despite a higher unemployment rate than anybody’s had to face in basically in 70 years. He’s the first Democrat to actually win two consecutive terms with over 50 percent of the vote. That’s something we haven’t seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” Stengel added.

“The final days of any campaign can alter the psyches of even the most experienced political pros. At some point, there is nothing to do but wait. Members of Obama‘s team responded in the only rational way available to them — by acting irrationally. They turned neckties into magic charms and facial hair into a talisman and compulsively repeated past behaviors so as not to jinx what seemed to be working.” Michael Scherer, a White House correspondent for Time, wrote at Time.com.

Earlier, Time revealed the shortlist of candidates for the Person of the Year 2012, which include Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Higgs Boson and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot for advocating for girls’ education and has survived. Yousafzai was later named as runner-up.

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