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Despite the challenges of a slow economy, staunch right-wing opposition, and a divided electorate, President Obama was able to overcome the odds and win a second term in office. Because of this, and the seemingly endless challenges he has had to face while in office, Time magazine once again named President Obama the ‘Person of the Year.’

While some will see this as yet another unearned honor for the President, but the reelection of the first black president to a second term is a monumental occasion and shows the first time around was not a fluke.

In spite of his win, President Obama seems reflective about the weight of the presidency:

“You do understand that as President of the United States, the amount of power you have is overstated in some ways,” President Obama said. “But what you do have the capacity to do is to set a direction.”

After winning a second election and cementing his place in the annals of presidential history, President Obama will have more time to sure-up his legacy and set the direction which will hopefully help more Americans, including those who look like him, get ahead.

Do you agree with Time magazine’s selection? Who would you have named Person of the Year?

  • http://theaaridan.tumblr.com TheMuseintheMirror

    I can’t get passed the cover…why is he in the dark like that though? It seems like a joke.

  • Liz

    …really?

  • Lucy Z

    I agree. No better man to appear on the cover, but him.

  • http://gravatar.com/myblackfriendsays myblackfriendsays

    Malala Yousafzai should have been Person of the Year.

  • Pseudonym

    Since he already was given a cover, I’d probably go for someone else:

    Gabby Douglas
    Shonda Rhimes
    Author of “50 Shades of Gray”

  • Pseudonym

    The Gangam (sp?) Style guy? For some reason I totally missed out on this craze (I just have zero interest), but it was EVERYWHERE!!!!!

  • http://theaaridan.tumblr.com TheMuseintheMirror

    I was just playing. Never mind.

  • aziza

    That’s great, let’s give this massmurderer the person of the year award. Great signal!

  • Shirl

    Thank you!!! Saw him on some awards show and just didn’t get the hype..Glad to see our President on the cover tho’

  • dirtychai

    I agree. That girl is an icon of courage.

  • dirtychai

    They shot all of the covers dark. However the grey/silver background and type, dark suit, and the shadow across his face does look kind of…Batman-ish

  • Pseudonym

    To those supporting the cover, my question is: what did Obama do in 2012 to be the person of the year (other than be the U.S. President)?

    PPACA was signed in 2010. He spent majority of his time in 2012 on the campaign trail concentrating on being reelected and not making any daring moves as to not risk losing the election. I can’t think of anything significant he did this year that would earn him this particular honor. Person of the year is supposed to go to someone who- when you look back on the year- something they did changed the rhythm of life in the U.S. (or is this a worldwide contest?). It’s not “Miss/Mr Congeniality” or a “Most liked” contest. As much as I like Obama, I don’t feel like he shook the soul of the U.S. this year and that this honor should be given to someone else.

    THOUGH, Time Magazine’s selections for “Person of the Year” have been pretty weak over the past decade. There were a few good ones, but I usually don’t agree.

  • GeekMommaRants

    He got re-elected for rose on the third day, however you see it.

  • Caramel

    Hell Yeah he deserves to be Man of the Year. Look what he went through during his first term and he still got re-elected. Darn skippy he deserves it!!!!!! OBAMA!!! My man!!!!

  • http://theaaridan.tumblr.com TheMuseintheMirror

    Okay, I see what you mean! The cover is actually growing on me. I’m feeling it.

  • http://theaaridan.tumblr.com TheMuseintheMirror

    At the same time, I don’t feel comfortable with Mr. Obama being the Person of the Year on Time. Don’t get me wrong I love my (our) president, he’s a great guy, but with all that’s going on in Pakistan and other middle eastern countries…it just feels wrong.

    I guess I’m trying to say that I don’t think he’s deserving of it this time. But since this is a mainstream newspaper, they had to go with the best man that’s down for the cause.

    Ugh…I really hate that the fact that Mr. Obama is facilitating the drone attacks….

    Maybe in a way he is like Batman…a good man that has a sort of dark side to him…I guess that’s why I said it was growing on me…because there’s a lot of different ways you could take it.

  • Ya’ala

    This hasn’t been covered by much Western media, but Malala and her friends have said numerous times that they don’t want any more attention. The attention of Western media has lead to death threats and assassination attempts, and they’ve said they’d rather fight unknown than die as symbols.

  • Peziletxan

    All similar comments keep getting a ton of down votes, but I also have problems with Obama’s track record on drone attacks in Pakistan (and problems with his record on civil liberties, but those are less of a life and death matter). Nor has he closed Guantanamo as he said he would during his first campaign. I cry when I think of Omar Khadr, the Candadian citizen who has rotted in that black hole since he was 16, suffering torture and humiliation, being starved and even blinded by the atrocious practices there. And he is hardly the only child to have been sent there.

    There are many, many things I like and love about our president. I donated to his campaign, I voted for him; if I could do so again, I would. He’s done so much for us here at home and hugely improved our reputation abroad. I cheered with my friends when he made steps toward expanding health care, toward opening marriage to all. I happily watch the messages he sends of “Happy Nowruz,” giving attention to pastimes and celebrations long ignored by the American elite.

    But at the same time, he’s given more money to Israel than any president before him. What we’ve done with Egypt has been a disaster – coming out in support of a revolution only when it’s clear that it will topple the old regime does little to take back 20 years of supporting a dictator. And yes, some parts of those 20 years are on Obama’s hands.

    Still, most important for me are those Pakistani and Palestinian children. The Obama administration, much like the Bush administration, does not even keep track of the civilians killed in drone attacks. The number is between 297 and 569, at least 64 of whom were children, according to a study done by Stanford and NYU’s law schools.

    Likewise, he and his cabinet prize more highly the injuries and losses (obviously horrific) of Israeli civilians, when at least 10 times more Palestinians die. When I watched him cry for the children killed in Newtown, I couldn’t help but wonder if he cries for the Pakistani children killed be drones too. I doubt he does.

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