President Barack Obama Named Time’s Person of the Year


obama-time-personFrom a shortlist that included a Pakistani teenager, the new leader of Egypt and a former president, Barack Obama has for the second time been named Time magazine’s person of the year.

In an essay on the weekly decision, Michael Scherer, the magazine’s White House correspondent, points to “the Obama effect,” and how it can be quantified.

“It could be measured – in wars stopped and started; industries saved, restructured or reregulated; tax cuts extended; debt levels inflated; terrorists killed; the health-insurance system reimagined; and gay service members who could walk in uniform with their partners,” Scherer wrote.

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The selection of Obama by the magazine was announced today on NBC’s “Today” show.

This is the second time the magazine has bestowed the honor on the president. Four years ago, as president-elect after his victory over John McCain in 2008, he was also given the honor.

Other contenders on the magazine’s short list this year included Malala Yousafzai, the teen Pakistani advocate for education for girls who was shot by the Taliban, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Last year, amid the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement and other action around the world, “the protestor” was named Time’s person of the year. In 2010 it went to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Source: ABC NEWS

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  1. I would also name him the number one person of the year for: misleading the american people and the rest of the world.

  2. I wonder if commentators #1-#5 could, in all honesty, run the country any better than President Obama.

    The presidential election is over and it is abundantly clear that the majority of all eligible American voters (Jews of all stripes and persuasions included) re-endorsed Obama for a further term as their President.

    So the time has come for all you naysayers to shut up and to support your national leader – that you yourselves elected.

  3. “his friend the syrian president”

    The Obamahaters can’t decide whether to blast Obama for supporting the evil murderous anti-Israel anti-Semitic Syrian regime, as this commenter does, or for taking very small steps to oppose the rasha, as an essay on a different frum site does.

  4. who cares about time magazine. The only man of the year as far i am concerned is Nathan Lewin, Ami Magazine’s Person of the Year. we are Jews and we should care what a premier Jewish magazine says not time magazine. Besides, this is my opinion, Ami’s journalists are just as good as time if not better.


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