President Barack Obama has been name Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The POTUS was chosen for numerous reasons including winning another term in office despite a slow recovering economy and coming out in support of gay marriage.
Explaining why he was chosen, Time’s managing editor Rick Stengel compared Obama’s numerous feats to Frank Delano Roosevelt.
Obama is the first Democratic President since FDR to win more than 50% of the vote in consecutive elections and the first President since 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate north of 7.5%. He has stitched together a winning coalition and perhaps a governing one as well. His presidency spells the end of the Reagan realignment that had defined American politics for 30 years. We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America. “The truth is,” the President said in the Oval Office, “that we have steadily become a more diverse and tolerant country that embraces people’s differences and respects people who are not like us. That’s a profoundly good thing. That’s one of the strengths of America.”
Obama’s work only continues as he currently has to politic (word to Raekwon) with John Boehner to try to avoid the alleged fiscal cliff, name a new Secretary of State and address gun control in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, CT.
You can read the entire Time cover story right here. Check out the cover on the next page and a video that further discusses why Obama was chosen, and who else was seriously considered, below.
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