Time Person of the Year: Barack Obama

'The architect of this new America'

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2012 7:09 AM CST | Updated Dec 19, 2012 7:56 AM CST

(Newser) – The commander-in-chief has another feather to add to his cap: He's now the two-time winner of Time's Person of the Year (and the second after George W. Bush to get the nod in both the year of his election and re-election). In a lengthy look at Barack Obama's re-election win, Time declares that we now "know the difference between the wish and the thing, the hype and the man in the office." And while he has managed impressive electoral feats—he's the first Dem since FDR to snag a majority of the popular vote twice—his win makes him something more than someone who managed to hang onto office, notes Time: He's "both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America," one "in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes."

Writes Richard Stengel, "For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is Time's 2012 Person of the Year."

The runners-up:

  • Malala Yousafzai: The Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education rights is "perhaps the world's most admired children's-rights advocate."
  • Tim Cook: "The Apple CEO's record hasn’t been flawless, but he has presided in a masterly way."
  • Mohamed Morsi: "For all his troubles at home, Morsi remains the Middle East’s most influential figure."
  • Fabiola Gianotti: One of the lead Higgs Boson researchers, and a woman whose "background is different from that of the ordinary particle experimenter."

Barack Obama gesturing while answering a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Barack Obama gesturing while answering a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
President Barack Obama is Time Magazine's Person of the Year.  The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC's Today show.
President Barack Obama is Time Magazine's Person of the Year. The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.   (AP Photo/Time Magazine)
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