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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Guest Post: Time Magazine's "Person of the Year", 2012
President Obama is 'Time' Person of the Year
Originally posted by Hillary Busis at Entertainment Weekly.com, December 19, 2012
President Barack Obama has been named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for a second time, following his initial selection in 2008. The only other person to have been selected for this honor twice was Charles Lindberg.
In a blog post, Time managing editor Richard Stengel explains that Obama was chosen because he is a cultural figure as well as a political one: “There has been much talk of the coalition of the ascendant — young people, minorities, Hispanics, college-educated women — and in winning re-election, Obama showed that these fast-growing groups are not only the future but also the present,” he writes. “If his win in 2008 was extraordinary, then 2012 is confirmation that demographic change is here to stay.”
The president beat out 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Youfsafzai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Italian CERN physicist Fabiola Gianotti for the annual honor.