Obama No Lock For Time’s Person Of The Year, Panel Says

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obama-time-magazineBarack 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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{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I want to say that the world is falling apart and the United Stated of America no longer exists. I’m not a prophet and I can’t say for sure, but I also believe that American Jewry is in big danger. I also believe that European Jewry is in big danger, and probably Jews all over the world are in big danger. But even though we went through the Nazis and suffered so much; so many Yidden were killed in very gruesome and sadistic ways, so many homes abandoned, so many lives destroyed, so many people suffering just because they were Jews.

    Soon the Jews will Chas Ve Sholom be targeted again, and this time it will be even worse, because it will be the Jews all over the world and there will be no place to run. And when every Yid (that can get there) has arrived in Eretz Yisroel, at that point or near that point all the nations of the world will come against Eretz Yisroel. And that’s when Hashem will show His might. He will show that He is the Ribbono Shel Olam, the Creator and the Ruler of the world forever. Until then I beg my fellow Jews, I beg you come close to HaKodosh Boruch Hu. It’s the only way to save yourself. Do it with all your heart and soul and try, try very hard to leave the countries that you have been guests in for two thousand years and come back to your home, come back to Eretz Yisroel the land that Hashem gave to Avrohom Avenu and to his descendants.

    The time is coming very soon! If we don’t make a move soon then it will be infinitely harder afterwards. True, Hashem will save all true Jews but it will be so much harder. The Yid that now picks himself up when he still has some Gashmius left, and rejects it, and comes to Eretz Yisroel, has an enormous Zechus and Hashem will never abandon him. If he cries out to Hashem and puts himself in danger by coming to Eretz Yisroel, Hashem will never abandon him.

  2. You think he cares? “Been there already, done that.” He’s a little bit busy conducting some Chicago-style politics right now. The most influential man this year might have been Mr. Romney (or his backers), for trashing the Republican Party. That’s going to take a while to repair. Instead of worrying about this toifel, think about reviving the two-party system. America needs two functioning political parties, not one party and a bad joke..

  3. General Misbehavior:
    Because several instances of General misbehavior — at the highest levels of U.S. military and intelligence — severely compromise the security of this country, the commander-in-chief should resign immediately.

    At the very least, he and his deputies are guilty of a coverup: We had a right to know on Election Day.

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