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2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President

11:04 am - 12/19/2012


Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States. The networks called Ohio earlier than predicted, so his aides had to hightail it down the hall to join his family and friends. They encountered a room of high fives and fist pumps, hugs and relief.

The final days of any campaign can alter the psyches of even the most experienced political pros. At some point, there is nothing to do but wait. Members of Obama’s team responded in the only rational way available to them — by acting irrationally. They turned neckties into magic charms and facial hair into a talisman and compulsively repeated past behaviors so as not to jinx what seemed to be working. In Boca Raton, Fla., before the last debate, they dispatched advance staff to find a greasy-spoon diner because they had eaten at a similar joint before the second debate, on New York’s Long Island. They sent senior strategist David Axelrod a photograph of the tie he had to find to wear on election night: the same one he wore in 2008. Several staffers on Air Force One stopped shaving, like big-league hitters in the playoffs. Even the President succumbed, playing basketball on Election Day at the same court he played on before winning in 2008.

(At the source: Inside the White HouseNever-Before-Seen Photos)

But now it was done, and reason had returned. 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.

.... The rest continued at the source..(Worth the click for the gallery of pictures). 

[ OP:Can we talk about the cover photo. Dark, silver, somber, shadow... did I mention dark? What do we think? ]
anolinde 20th-Dec-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I think it's a striking portrait. Perhaps a bit grim to represent the lackluster economy? Idk.
agentsculder 21st-Dec-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
It reminds me a lot of the posters for the movie "Lincoln". I'm not sure if that was intentional or done on purpose.
lady_leia_solo 20th-Dec-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
I like the cover personally.
liliaeth 20th-Dec-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
me too, but then I love those kind of colors.
stephani673 20th-Dec-2012 02:36 am (UTC)
It seems appropriate to me for everything that's going on right now. A brighter happier photo would have seemed .. out of place, I think.

That said, the current photo going around of the President meeting Spiderman made my day.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/obama-photo-with-spiderman-shows-playful-president/
wrestlingdog 20th-Dec-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
THIS IS THE MOST ADORABLE PICTURE EVER BUT I AM TOO LAZY TO MAKE A REAL LINK
http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/08/pete-souza-portrait-of-a-presidency/#9
layweed 20th-Dec-2012 02:41 am (UTC)
obviously he is, duh.
chimbleysweep 20th-Dec-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm sure his current mood matches the cover.

I think it's striking.
jettakd 20th-Dec-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
A lot of magazines have darkened his skin to sort of...idk, dehumanize the image of Black (especially darker skinned) people? But I don't think that's what Time was doing here.
roseofjuly 22nd-Dec-2012 05:17 am (UTC)
In fact, Time was blasted for doing this in the 1990s when their cover featured OJ Simpson. If you Google "OJ Simpson Time cover," you'll see comparison photos - Newsweek and Time used the same photograph of OJ on their cover, but Time manipulated the photograph to make it appear darker and more ominous.
wicked_seraph 20th-Dec-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about this photo, to be honest. I can see why they might have chosen the dark, sombre theme, and considering the state of things right now, it might have seemed a bit inauthentic to make a bubbly, overly cheerful cover photo.

A part of me wonders what this kind of picture conveys to those who are inclined to think poorly of him. I can't quite figure out how to phrase it. :|
cozmic_oceanz 20th-Dec-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
How original, Time.
layweed 20th-Dec-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
At least it wasn't the haxx0red Kim Jong Un. Or maybe I'm getting the magazine picked person confused with the online picked person, Idk.
recorded 20th-Dec-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Seriously why this cover so emo?
recorded 20th-Dec-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Just for reference all the other time person of the year covers.

The 2008 time cover:

roseofjuly 22nd-Dec-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I think it's interesting that it was Man/Men of the Year all the way until 1999, but there still hasn't been a sole Woman of the Year (Melinda Gates shared it with Bill Gates and Bono in 2005, and in 2011 the cover picture was of a woman but was supposed to represent the general Middle Eastern protester).

ETA: Wrong. Corazon Aquino was Woman of the Year in 1986.

And even further back than that - in 1936 they chose Wallis Simpson, and in 1952 it was Queen Elizabeth. Cursory glance over the covers was cursory.

Edited at 2012-12-22 05:28 am (UTC)
recorded 22nd-Dec-2012 08:27 am (UTC)
I get what you were saying. I noticed the same thing. Even if there are 1 or 2 covers with women... that's only 2 covers out of, what, 70?
roseofjuly 23rd-Dec-2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly, and they were still very gendered with it - the title was Man of the Year, and if there was a Woman of the Year it was an anomaly.
homasse 20th-Dec-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Just to rain on everyone's parade, racist twitter is already saying terrible things. :(
countrygirl_914 20th-Dec-2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Christ. What now, something new, or the same old shit?
homasse 20th-Dec-2012 07:17 am (UTC)
Same old "muslim n-word blah be blargh FREEDOM~!!" mess.
redstar826 20th-Dec-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
I like the cover. He's got an awful lot on his plate, especially with all the fiscal cliff negotiations going on right now. And, over all the mood really is different from 2008. I think a lot of that original optimism is gone.
mollywobbles867 20th-Dec-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
WTF is that cover? Not subtle at all.
countrygirl_914 20th-Dec-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
? I actually like the cover; I think it's striking.
shadowesque13 20th-Dec-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Gorgeous cover is gorgeous. Whoever picked that image and did the colours after really had a good eye. And thank god they didn't go with 4chan's hacking.
mskye 20th-Dec-2012 09:59 am (UTC)
I think the cover is ambiguous. It would look striking to a supporter but sinister to a h8er.
metanoiame 20th-Dec-2012 11:08 am (UTC)
For better or for worse, he certainly has been influential on the events of this year.

Of course, keep in mind that "You" and "The American Soldier" have also received this award...
roseofjuly 22nd-Dec-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
They chose Adolf Hitler in 1938, and Joseph Stalin twice - once in 1939 and again in 1942.
lomesir22 20th-Dec-2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
I like it. I think it reflects the national mood well.
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