TIME’s person of the year was announced on the ‘Today’ show on Dec. 19, and the magazine shocked everyone when they revealed President Barack Obama earned the top slot for 2012! Were YOU surprised?
TIME has a way of throwing a few surprises our way when it comes to their person of the year, and 2012 was no different! On Dec. 19, TIME’s Managing Editor Rick Stengel revealed that this year’s person of the year was President Barack Obama!
Rick said that Obama winning his second presidential term by a huge margin, as well as appealing to minority groups is a huge reason he was named person of the year for 2012.
“He’s creating a new allignment, a kind of a realignment that Ronald Regan did a few years ago,” Rick said on Today.
Rick has also had the opportunity to interview the president, and revealed his overall attitude is productive and optimistic — and will mean a positive progression for America.
“He feels like he has this new political capital now, and I think that we will start to see him talking from the heart,” Rick added.
This isn’t the first time TIME has chosen a president for their person of the year — George W. Bush was named person of the year in 2004, also following a successful reelection campaign. In 2001, TIME kept with the political theme when they chose Rudy Giuliana as person of the year for his work as mayor of New York City during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
TIME’s Person of the Year — The Magazine’s Past Ten Picks
2011: The Protester
2010: Mark Zuckerberg
2009: Ben Bernanke
2008: President Barack Obama
2007: Vladimir Putin
2005: Bono, Melinda and Bill Gates
2004: President George W. Bush
2003: The American Soldier
2002: The Whistleblowers
2001: Rudy Giuliani
What do YOU think of Barack being named person of the year HollywoodLifers? Do you think he was the best choice?
— Christina Stiehl
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