After four years as the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has been named TIME‘s person of the year. The nomination comes at a time when the President managed to pull off an election victory despite many pundits believing he would fall short of that goal.
In choosing President Obama as TIME‘s person of the year, Michael Sherer argues that the POTUS is now a more experienced leader who is better positioned to deal with American’s problems than he was four years ago.
“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.”
President Obama faced a crowded field of nominees, which included Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Italian particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti, and Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who spoke out against the Taliban.
TIME‘s person of the year is not necessarily the most liked person in the world. The magazine examines who has the most influence over others and who can bring about the most change in a hectic society. From Hitler to Albert Einstein, the choices are always varied, and, just like in the past, the winner in this case will likely raise some eyebrows.
In choosing President Obama, TIME sent out a simple tweet:
— TIME.com (@TIME) December 19, 2012
Do you think President Barack Obama deserved to win TIME‘s person of the year award?