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President Obama re-election feat makes him TIME Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 19th 2012 - 19:43 UTC
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The first Democrat, since FDR to win two consecutive terms with over 50% of the vote The first Democrat, since FDR to win two consecutive terms with over 50% of the vote

US President Barack Obama was named TIME Person of the Year for 2012, citing his historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation's changing demographics amid the backdrop of high unemployment and other challenges.

TIME editor Rick Stengel announced the choice on NBC's “Today” Wednesday program.

“He's basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind new America - a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of,” he said.

“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% of the vote. That's something we haven't seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt”, Stengel said, citing the president who served during the Great Depression and World War Two.

Obama edged out Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, for the honor, Stengel said.

Other finalists included Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and scientist Fabiola Gianotti, he added.

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  • emerald

    The US Government and its subject peoples “ Think ”of the US as the world's only superpower.But how is a country a superpower when its entire Government and a majority of the subjects,especially those members are Evangelical Churches ,grovel at the feet of the Israeli Prime Minister?
    How is a country superpower when it lacks the power to determine its own foreign policy in the MidEast and elsewhere ..
    Such a country is not a superpower..It is a puppet state...!

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 07:58 pm 0
  • ChrisR


    It takes a citizen of a Nazi dictatorship to comment on a Zionist plot? Ha, ha, ha.

    Pot and kettle?

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 09:02 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #1 is that what your government controlled media are telling you what we Americans think? Or is that based on your many trips to the USA?

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 01:18 am 0
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