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President Barack Obama named TIME Magazine “Person of the Year” for the Second Time



President Barack Obama of the United States of America has been named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for the second time, after winning another term in the White House in November.

In naming the President as the Person of the Year, TIME said in an age of “lost authority” Obama has maintained his.

The announcement of the annual selection was made yesterday where the magazine called Obama the “Architect of the New America.” “He’s basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind new America – a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of,” TIME editor Rick Stengel said of Obama, who was also selected for the honor in 2008 when he became the nation’s first black president.

The President is Person of the Year, Stengel went on, “for finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union”.

TIME’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. The four runners-up for this year’s honour were Tim Cook, the new CEO of Apple, whose predecessor, Steve Jobs, appeared on the magazine’s cover eight times, though never as Person of the Year; Mohamed Morsi, the new President of Egypt; Fabiola Gianotti, the particle physicist in charge of the search for the Higgs Boson particle; and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in the region.

TIME said voters said they believe Obama is honest and has lived an admirable life trying to do the right thing.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Khafeel

    December 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Well, I am not particularly an avid fan of obama but I think he deserves the honour. He has been able to ease the economicc tension in his country, despite the heavy portfolio of thrash he inherited. And I guess winning a ticket back to the oval office is a sign that a good number of Americans still have confidence in his administration. There is still a lot of work to be done though, and a lot of controversial issues to sort.

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  2. Nigeria news

    December 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Mr. President Barrack Obama deserves that honour. He is a very great figure and widely respected in the West. Thumbs up!

  3. faith

    December 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Good for him!

  4. Inebaby

    December 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Good for him! I wish him success in his second tenure!

  5. ola

    December 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

    he trually desreved it…

  6. isaid!!

    December 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I agree with time magazine. Well done president Obama!! He deserves the honour. I only disagree with the fact that gay unions can now be defined as marriage. (my personal opinion)based on my belief .Other than that ,he certainly has given his best to his country.Now lets try and fix our own country here.

  7. Andy Mikel

    December 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    How Obama’s Signature looks like… Haha Must see.

  8. david

    December 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Obama has been most noble in the face of turmoil. He deserves it. That Pakistani girl must earn the award next year. Obama has not suffered any injury for what he stands for, hence the recognition of Malala.

  9. Toyin

    December 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Congratulations, Mr President. I’m not a democrat but love him as a person. I truly believe he has a good heart, compassionate and a very brilliant man. I wish him the best in the next four years, and better economy.

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