Barack Obama is TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’


Barack Obama has again been chosen as TIME's 'Person of the Year'.

From the profile:

Ever since the campaign computers started raising the odds of victory from near even to something like surefire, Obama had been thinking a lot about what it meant to win without the lightning-in-a-bottle quality of that first national campaign. The Obama effect was not ephemeral anymore, no longer reducible to what had once been mocked as “that hopey-changey stuff.” 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. It could be seen in the new faces who waited hours to vote and in the new ways campaigns are run. America debated and decided this year: history would not record Obama’s presidency as a fluke….

…When he talks about the campaign, he likes to think about the generational shift the country is going through on topics like gay marriage — an issue on which he lagged, only to reverse himself last spring. He connects it to the optimism he felt as a young man, the same thing he always talks about with staff in the limo or on the plane after visits with campaign volunteers. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” reads one of the quotes stitched into his new Oval Office rug — an old abolitionist cry that Martin Luther King Jr. repurposed while marching on Selma, Ala. Obama believes in that, and he believes he is more than just a bit player in the transition. “I do think that my eight years as President, reflecting those values and giving voice to those values, help to validate or solidify that transformation,” he says, “and I think that’s a good thing for the country.”

Read the full story here.

TIME chose photographer Nadav Kander to take the President's portrait:

As managing editor Rick Stengel writes in his editor’s letter, “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.” To capture that magnitude, TIME commissioned Kander, whose signature style is defined by his exquisite lighting and almost painterly touch, to make a historic cover. The last time he photographed the President was in 2009 for The New York Times Magazine.

“When photographing such a high profile individual, it’s a huge challenge to not let their high profile take over the process,” Kander says. “I wanted to make a meaningful photograph that reflected pause in a person’s life and reflect his humanity.”


  1. ripper says

    They’ve used the silver border one other time that I know of, for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

    They’ve also used a green border for an issue about global warming, and a black border for a special issue following 9/11.

    They’ve always used the traditional red border for Person of the Year, so not sure what’s the significance of going silver this year for President Obama.

  2. bookish says

    The silver border looks better with his hair color. Much more distinguished and suitable for framing.

    Send a framed copy to your Republican friends.

  3. Pete N SFO says

    I’m happy for the Prez, but I was kind of hoping that outspoken little girl that was nearly killed by the Taliban. She still faces death threats for advocating for education for girls.

    So young & so brave.

  4. Mike says

    Thanks for the info Ripper! Oh, Bookish will let my Republican “friends” wait until he is on a stamp. (Under the present rules that a person has to be deceased first I hope that it is indeed a very long wait.) FIRST CLASS will really mean something under this presidents image!

  5. anon says

    It’s almost funereal. They might have made it a bit more cheery. The person who had the most impact on the election was probably Rick Santorum and Nate Silver was the most sensible guy around. They’re not trying very hard, are they.

  6. says

    All I know is that I’m thrilled that I got to be alive at this moment in history, with this man as President.

    How the future will look back on his administrations, and the shameful behaviors of the 2008-20?? GOP, will be the rich stuff of history books.

  7. says

    Despite all odds, our President prevailed in gaining re-election. He still has an uphill battle fighting a Red House which has blocked his every move in an attempt to squash his goals of bringing the Middle Class equal pay, women’s rights, gay rights and affordable healthcare. The Bush Administration drove our economy into a swift nose dive and Obama is still the patsy. Watch conservative hands paint him in Blackface with a visual commentary of how Barack has been bamboozled at