President Barack Obama Named 'Time' Magazine's Person of the Year

Gracing the special cover for the second time in four years, Mr. President was honored for being the "author of a ...New America"

Barack Obama has been named Time's Person of the Year for the second time in his life, and for good reason: Any president who can get reelected, personally hold a reddit AMA and admit to dancing "Gangnam Style" needs to be recognized for how awesome he is.

All joking aside, Time writes that the 51-year-old was chosen to grace the magazine's cover for "finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union." Obama's last run on the prestigious Person of the Year cover was in 2008, when he was elected as the first African-American president.

Time managing editor Rick Stengel revealed the cover on Today earlier this morning. It was pointed out that Obama is the first Democratic president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to win two consecutive reelections with the majority of the vote.

"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," Stengel says.

Also in the running for Person of the Year were Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, physicist Fabiola Giannoti, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Undocumented Immigrants. All worthy honorees to be sure, but we think we know how Mr. President would have felt had he been passed over. 


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