Did Time Magazine Get it Right by Choosing President Obama 2012 Person of the Year?

This is the second time Barack Obama has been named Time Person of the Year.

Time Magazine announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama was named 2012 Time Person of the Year. Obama beat out runner up Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for sticking to her principles for women’s rights. Obama also was Time Person of the Year in 2008. The last person to win the title twice was former President George W. Bush.

According to The Huffington Post, Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time, said it was remarkable that Obama won two terms with more than 50 percent of the popular vote as a Democrat. He reportedly said Obama earned the honor "For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union.”

Do you think Time Magazine got it in naming President Barack Obama 2012 Time Person of the Year?

Marlene Mitchell January 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM
We all are privileged living in America. ALL of us. MANY people of color come to the USA for just that privilege.....you can not find what we have anywhere else in the world. You can't know poor or poverty by dabbling in it part time. Playing a martyr and blaming others for perceived sins of the past because it makes you feel superior in your enlightenment makes you what you seem to despise. Yes, please read history. But don't get it from the newspapers, TV and especially Hollywood. Check out the big books from the library...and the older the book the better (not as many revisions of the truth) I got your email and I'll carry this conversation off this arena. I believe Dr. King is turning over in his grave at how they are bastardizing his legacy. They should be ashamed.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino January 08, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Yes...I agree that compared to much of the world we are privileged here..at least materially. However we are also among the most brainwashed people in the world...thinking that we are somehow morally superior when in fact much of our material progress has been due to the exploitation of others, both here and worldwide. (Good books in this regard are "Confessions of An Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins and "Slavery by Another Name" by Doug Blackmon). Thankfully people are waking up to this, here and around the world. Yes, many people of color emigrate here and they also often bring with them ingrained prejudices regarding African Americans...not taking the time to know that their experience here was unlike theirs in their countries. (I am very familiar with this having lived in the West Indies and having West Indians in my family.) I don't know what you mean that people can't know poverty by dabbling in it...many people have arisen from poverty and don't forget where they came from and what it was like. Regarding books, I agree however the older the better is not often the case as many were "whitewashed" to make it appear that Europeans did everything right while the rest of the world and peoples are savages---quite the contrary. I don't know what you mean regarding Dr King turning over in his grave--much of what he prophesied is coming to pass...though perhaps not as quickly as he would have liked. Feel free to email me to continue.
Marlene Mitchell January 22, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Mr. Pellegrino Tried to email you with no success so I assume you just wanted me off a public forum.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino January 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Hi Marlene...so glad you posted this....I deleted your post to my email by mistake and then searched and searched the Patch for this blog (I thought it was in the comments of one of my other blogs, and even in the search box I put your name as Marlene Williams, which is another reason I didn't find you). Please resend your email to me at pilgrim1@mindspring.com . Thank you and I apologize.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino February 17, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Hi Marlene: Hope all is well. Never heard back from you in reply to my post below.


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