Pres. Barack Obama is Time Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year (again)

This year’s Time Magazine “Person of Year” is a no-brainer. Traditionally, Time Mag will make “the winner” of a presidential campaign their person of the year every four years, and wouldn’t you know, Pres. Obama also won the honor in 2008 as well. That being said, I think he deserves the honor more this year than in 2008. It’s one thing to be the first African-American to get elected to the highest office in the land for the first time (a spectacular feat unto itself), but it’s quite another to be RE-elected to the highest office in the land after people have gotten to know him and have gotten to know his politics. You can read Time’s Person of the Year article here – I just skimmed the piece, but I’ll be going back to enjoy it later. I know this makes me an old fart, but I always enjoy Time’s Person of the Year issue. They bring in some of their best writers and guest writers for the issue.

In addition to the lengthy POY article, Time also put together a really beautiful slideshow package of some never-before-published photos of Obama by beloved White House photographer Pete Souza – go here to see. Souza has been Obama’s in-house guy, and he gets some really great photos of not just Obama, but everyone in the administration. I’m including some shots below.

Other “persons of year” for 2012: “Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot and nearly killed by Taliban insurgents for defending women’s rights; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; and Fabiola Gianotti, one of the lead researchers working on the discovery of the Higgs Boson.” You can see Time’s whole POY package here – there are tons of articles and slideshows and stuff. They really did a great job for this year’s issue.

Photos courtesy of Time Magazine and Pete Souza/White House.

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  1. Miss Kiki says:

    Ok without even touching politics can I just say that your President is a regulation hotty.

  2. V4Real says:

    He’s also the president “AGAIN”, so that’s about right.

  3. TrollyDolly says:

    another valid reason why I cancelled my subscription

  4. LadyMTL says:

    OMG I adore the pic of him being “attacked” by the Spider-kid. I don’t care if he’s the President or just some random guy on the street, I love it when grown men indulge kids by going along with stuff like that. :) Call me a sap, hahaha.

  5. cmc says:

    I love how great President Obama is with kids! He has the funniest shots of just playing along with little ones.

    I’m not even going to act like I’m not absolutely delighted that he was chosen. This year was my first time voting after becoming a citizen of the US and I am so, so pleased that I voted for the President, and I am so, so pleased that he was elected! He’s a great man and I’m not afraid to fangirl about it.

  6. aims says:

    What a great man! He warms ny heart to no end. Love him!

  7. mln76 says:

    Actually it wasnt a given he would be the person of the year. I believe the first time a president was the POTY upon his reelection was George W Bush. Oh and Obama is the first president to win 51% of the vote twice since Eisenhower big deal

  8. Gracie says:

    Dammit celebitches. I’m 17, there is no need in me lusting after a 50(?) year old man, THE PRESIDENT at that. But seeing how you all fangirl’d on here, and a few other sites, I had a sexy times dream about him. I can’t even look at these without the fantasy starting back up. I blame you all. *gives Obama fangirls side eye* in my dream I wasn’t even afraid of the FLOTUS, I am a track runner, hehe.

    EDIT: that pic with Biden iz too precious.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      That’s intense and pretty danged funny. However, if your next dream is about taking a milk bath with Joe Biden, then may all your dreams be curtailed because I don’t have the funds to have you shipped to Ontario and bring you to my next doctor’s appointment.

  9. garvels says:

    I wonder if he will win the Nobel peace prize this year as well or perhaps an academy award…ha ha ha….I really wish you would make this site a politically free zone…… your tag line states..”escapism can be smart”!

  10. hoya_chick says:

    That picture looks rough. Love him though, can’t wait to pick up my copy of Time. I looked through all 125 photos. Some really touching stuff in there

  11. TheOriginalKitten says:

    @Eve-I love Obama’s voice too.

    I voted for Obama but I wish this honor had gone to Malala Yousafzai instead.
    She is just such a fascinating and courageous young woman.

  12. Elceibeno says:

    I am so happy for president Obama, congrats!
    Eat your heart out Fox News and friends.

  13. lucy2 says:

    It was an impressive re-election – strong oppositional party, tough economy, a lot of divisive social issues. I can see why they chose him again. I generally agree with his politics, but all politics aside, I like him very much as a person. He seems like a great husband and father.

    I’ve really enjoyed the work of Souza, the White House photographer, these past few years. There have been some great behind the scenes moments captured, and some very iconic moments as well, such as the Situation Room when the bin Laden raid happened.

    Looking forward to seeing more of this issue.

  14. CC says:

    I don’t know…you guys re-elected Bush as well, being re-elected means nothing, he had no real competition.

    It would have been a disaster if Romney had been elected, but come on, winning by “default” is no great feat.

    Being a woman defines who I am more than my race/ethnicity/whatever PC term you want to use. And there still hasn’t been a woman president. So I’m not going to campaign for something, when MY group (women) is far more extensive and far less represented.

  15. KellyinSeattle says:

    What happened to Anne Hathaway? rolling eyes….

  16. JudyK says:

    Love and respect our President.

  17. Cameron says:

    I love my president! I love how children seem to connect to him. He’s the child whisperer

  18. Loulou says:

    If memory serves, Henry Luce who ran Time Magazine is documented as a CIA collaborator in disseminating the Cold War’s propaganda. In essence, the magazine served as a government tool for mild brainwashing. I’m no longer a fan of Obama and think less hype, less war and better conditions for that class of Americans who were wiped out, would speak better for Obama than being a cover boy.

  19. Janet says:

    My little grandson was born in 2009. By the time he is seven years old, a black president will have been in the Oval office for all his life. What a great inspiration President Obama is for all children of color to realize that there is NOTHING they won’t be able to do if they set their minds to it.

  20. elle224 says:

    i really hate when this site gets political…i come here to avoid reading about Obama…

  21. Xogami says:

    I love it when this site gets political, love Obama, he’s intelligent AND cool.

  22. Maya says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen a photo of Obama and Hillary holding hands!

  23. Dizzybenny says:

    I saw him cry about the kids from Newton and was wondering if he cried also for all the kids he still kills in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa and several other parts of the world.
    The US govermment kills more kids in a day then any crazies with a gun.
    Ban guns? yes by all means , remove them from the govermment!!!

  24. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    What a shame that Marc Emery still in American jail – dude was selling seeds. Obama could set him free.