Time Magazine just unveiled its 2012 Person of the Year/Person Most Likely to Improve Magazine Sales — and it's an actual person! In fact, it's President Barack Obama, who joins 12 others who have been honored twice.
The feature story explained that Obama's November re-election gave Time no choice but to grant the president America's most snarked-about honor…
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…America debated and decided this year: history would not record Obama's presidency as a fluke.
America may have "debated and decided," but Obama's not the only guy who can win an election. In a separate Time web-poll, the people's choice for Person of the Year went to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
In other news, turns out there's still a Time Magazine.
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