The prestigious Time Magazine has announced its Person of the Year for 2012 and, chances are, many Americans will probably disagree with the pick: it’s President Barack Obama.For them, for those who don’t think that Obama deserves so much praise and recognition, Time dedicates a lengthy, 5-page editorial detailing how and why it has come to the conclusion that Obama should get the title.
Runners-up include Malala Yousafzai, Tim Cook, Mohamed Morsi and Fabiola Gianotti.
In Obama’s second Presidential term, Time sees a promise for the better, as well as confirmation that the first term was not a “fluke.” The people have spoken – and the people have chosen to put their faith again in Obama.
“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,” Time writes.
“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,” adds the publication.
Of course, Obama’s journey is far from over. If anything, he has even bigger challenges to face than before but at least, he’s determined and apparently able to make his promises come true, Time writes.
He invites change and wants to use it to solve some of the nation’s problems, regardless of their nature.
More than a figure of authority, Obama has also managed to build for himself an image of a real-life human being, which, in politics, is a sight rarely seen.
“In an age of lost authority, Obama had managed to maintain his. In group after group, the voters told the researchers they believed the President was honest, lived an admirable personal life and was trying to do the right thing,” the publication says.
“He has earned the right to set [a] direction and has learned from experience how to move the country. After four of the most challenging years in the nation’s history, his chance to leave office as a great President who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach,” Time writes.
For the full editorial, please refer here.