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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

    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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