• Barack Obama Wins Time Magazine's Barack Obama of the Year

    In a startling development that is surely rocking the Western, Eastern and Northwestsouthern worlds, Time Magazine has decided, in iyts wisdom, to name Barack Obama as its Barack Obama of the Year (formerly Person of the Year) for 2008, a year in which he did something cool or something.

    In justifying its surprising choice, Time Magazine tells us some things that we had no idea about

    He has come to dominate the public sphere so completely that it beggars belief to recall that half the people in America had never heard of him two years ago — that even his campaign manager, at the outset, wasn't sure Obama had what it would take to win the election. He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order.

    Understandably, you may be thinking Obama is on the cover for these big and flashy reasons: for ushering the country across a momentous symbolic line, for infusing our democracy with a new intensity of participation, for showing the world and ourselves that our most cherished myth — the one about boundless opportunity — has plenty of juice left in it.

    But, you'd be wrong.

    He was chosen because his face was already mocked-up on the cover, like, months ago.


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