December 19th, 2012
07:57 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama named Time's 'Person of the Year'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine's 'Person of the Year,' the publication announced Wednesday.

Obama received the same recognition in 2008.


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  1. mosmarter

    Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize before he took office.
    He was named Person of the Year in 2008 before he took office.
    He is now the Person of the Year in 2012 without doing anything.

    I sense a pattern here.

    December 19, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. clymer

    Time's is about as credible as the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Obama has alienated this country more than he has pulling it together

    December 19, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. As-if

    The most divisive POTUS in US history, the biggest spender in US history, the most failed foreign policies in US history, the biggest destroyer of constitutional rights in US history, the biggest enslaver of the poor, disenfranchised and dependent in US history, and enslaver of the youth who will be shackled with debt for their entire lives, the most devastating impact on healthcare and healthcare costs in US history. Obama has done more irreversible damage to the US than any and all presidents before him.

    December 19, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. George

    The founder of a new America and I hope we never go back to the old one.

    December 19, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Mike G

    For what? Raising the debt ceiling? Continuing the wars? I'm not sure what this guy did the past 4 years. Not saying that anyone would have done better, but reaslistically there are many more folks that contributed and postively impacted the world, and no they do have to be gay or are for abortions. Its ok to not be have a social agenda and make an impact.

    December 19, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Wes Scott

    Obama should be Time's Person of the Year. His campaign was outspent by Mitt Romney's campaign 3:1, and conservative SuperPACs outspent liberal SuperPACs 6:1, yet Obama still slaughtered Romney by over 4.6 million popular votes and 126 electoral college votes. If that was not enough, Obama has done more to drive the lunatic fringe of the right further into depression than even Bill Clinton did, and THAT is really quite an accomplishment.

    December 19, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. swmatlgen7

    What a joke!! Someone please tell me what he has done in the past year to warrant such a reward? Or please tell me what he did to "earn" the Nobile Peace Prize. The media needs to get over their fascination of this man and start looking at the FACTS of his failed Presidency.

    December 19, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Didn't realize it was such a slow year this year.

    December 19, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    All Nanny Stater's who still need a baby sitter sign up here.
    The line forms at the left. Check your Brains at the door. You won't need 'em. Remember Joe Btfsptk has your back.
    Be prepared to wait a long, long time for your (Acrued Benefits).

    December 19, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Alan St louis

    Then the following year he could be named the worst person of the year. I am huge supporter of Obama. We voted him back in and gave Democrats more sets in congress. The republicans have played destructive Politics for last 4. They made the American economy suffer in hope they Blame the Democrats and Obama. The american people seen threw it and it back fired. Democrats was given a mandate to run the country. And now after the election and Americans overwhelmingly will blame the republicans if the fiscal cliff happens. The democrats lose their backbone and going to give n to the republicans. If that happens the democrats will lose a ton of voters cause they have no confidence in Democrats. Vote democrat Republicans still call the shots. Vote republican the republicans call the shots. Why are democrats caving in. they are going to let republicans get their way and cut social security and cut medicare to seniors. If Americans wanted that we would voted republican. Democrats and Obama get a back bone republicans have no grounds to stand on. If they don't play ball republicans be blamed and lose very badly in the mid terms. For once democrats play the same game the republicans play. If democrats keep a back bone you get everything you want in the bill. Republicans have no choice but to pass it. The american people spoken very loud and clear and now your going to ignore them. You know the republicans are very happy inside that voters are now going to blame democrats for cuts in social security and medicare. And the republicans will be able to campaign that democrats are the party that wants to destroy social security and medicare. Whats sad it be the truth if democrats lose their backbone. Do what Americans want just raise revenue. Increase taxes on the wealthy and since the corporations are making record profits but still paying the lowest wages that means they need some taxes to. Stop giving oil companies billions in welfare lol. Everyone agrees except the right wing nut jobs that to get economy moving is to spend your way out of it. This is no time to start cuts. If anything should be spending more. But to get a more balanced budget tax the ones who are doing very good like top 2% and corporations. Stop giving welfare to them lol. But most of all if the Democrats want to see mass desertions in thief party go ahead lose your back bone. We wont vote for republicans but we just not vote. Why does it matter if republicans are be calling the shots no matter what lol.

    December 19, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. plain&simple

    It seems as if we have the right man at the right time in office....I can't imagine where this country woul be if McCain or Romney were to be in office....Really!!! It's a scary thought. So people of America are person of the year as well. Good job Obama and good job voters!!!

    December 19, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Could it be because he won election? Would they have gave it to Mitt,if he won? Im not sure

    December 19, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F

    No one is more deserving.

    December 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Luis

    Yes, PERSON OF THE YEAR for taking the deficit of the Country to unprecedented level. When was the last time any of the Liberal media criticized Obama?
    We no longer have free press in this Country. We might as well be living in a Country where the Press is Government controlled.

    December 19, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Levi

    This is proof that Time's award means nothing and is as meaningful as anyone that I may designate as the person of the year...

    December 19, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Rag of a publication. Here is one of many reasons why you have dwindling readership.

    December 19, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Just a thought

    ....and deservedly so. Congrats Mr. President. I give you a lot of credit for dealing with a GOP/Tea a Tard party that hates you and America. Well, the actual America is on your side,...not the hapless, bigoted, racist, educationally challenged, toothless hillbillies the Re-dumblicans call america.

    December 19, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Anna Farr

    What happened to the halo ?????

    December 19, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Josh

    Hitler received the same honor.....

    December 19, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Just a thought

    @ J'Cincinnati'Redd and Ray (E) Georgia......

    Come on now quit wetting your pants and complaining. You ever heard of the 1st amendment "Freedom of Speech"??? Time Magazine has a right to make the President the Person of the Year. Are you upset either of you didn't get picked ??? Oh wait, you only believe in the 2nd amendment the right to mow down 6 and 7 year olds. Grow up and quit spending ever hour of your day criticizing the 44th President of this Country.

    December 19, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Canuck

    While I largely support Obama it would sure be nice if he actually achieved something – close Guantanamo, end the Afghan war, raise taxes on the rich, stop the insane drug war.... he doesn't seem to have the balls to do any of this.. it's so disappointing.

    December 19, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY


    This is proof that Time's award means nothing and is as meaningful as anyone that I may designate as the person of the year..

    well then I guess Lord Reagen winning TWICE, Duh Duh DUh-bya TWICE, and Rudy Ghouliani are also examples of Time's award meaning nothing?

    December 19, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    James wrote:

    Such a joke. A socialist magazine honoring a socialist President. Surprise, surprise.
    Which person on the right is deserving of this honor? No one comes close, do they?

    December 19, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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