Barack Obama shocked many Republicans bywinning the 2012 election over Mitt Romney, and it would seem the victory sealed the president’s spot on the cover of Time magazine’s annual Person of the Year issue.
But don’t be surprised if he’s not their choice, managing editor Rick Stengel told a panel that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston on Tuesday in New York.
“It’s an interesting year because we have a re-elected president,” Stengel said. “Sometimes we pick them, sometimes we don’t.”
George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman are among the former two-term presidents to grace Time’s year-end cover. But both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were not selected in their re-election year.
The Person of the Year, which was instituted in 1927, is “bestowed by the editors on the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.” And sometimes the Person of the Year is not a specific person at all. In 2011, for example, it was The Protester. In 2006, it was You.
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