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Ashwin Pande
12-17-2008, 05:37 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7787887.stm


Time magazine has given its annual Person of the Year award to US President-elect Barack Obama.

Mr Obama was awarded the title "for having the confidence to sketch an ambitious future in a gloomy hour," said the US-based magazine.

It said he showed "the competence that makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off".

Recent winners have included Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the American soldier and the online public.

Time told readers it was "unlikely that you were surprised to see Mr Obama's face on the cover".

"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.

"He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order."

Mr Obama has featured on the magazine's cover 15 times in the past two years.

"We would have had to have had some pretty compelling reasons to not chose President-elect Barack Obama," Michael Elliot, Time's international editor, told CNN.

"His is an extraordinary story which has captured the imagination of people from Jakarta to Dublin to Iowa to New Hampshire.

"There is a degree of excitement surrounding Barack Obama which we tried to capture in our choice," Mr Elliot said.

Controversial

Time began selecting a "Man of the Year" in 1927 and has selected a man, woman or group every year since. In one year it chose the computer for the title. In 1999, the title was change to "Person of the Year" to be more inclusive.

The BBC's Andy Gallacher in Washington says receiving the accolade is usually considered an honour.

But is has also been awarded to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in the past, for less honourable reasons.

Four runners-up for this year's title were also announced, as well as 17 "people who mattered".

The runners-up were US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, French and current EU President Nicholas Sarkozy, Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and Zhang Yimou, creative director of August's Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing.

Among the "people who mattered" were released Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, the former CEO of the collapsed bank Lehman Brothers and Tina Fey, the actress who impersonated Mrs Palin during the US election campaign.

Sweet.

brianhalpin
12-17-2008, 05:38 AM
Is there anyone who's even a little surprised by this?

Ryudo
12-17-2008, 05:39 AM
No offense, guys, but I've gotta get my own lawyer.

Gavin
12-17-2008, 05:39 AM
Is there anyone who's even a little surprised by this?

Probably not.

Marc Lombardi
12-17-2008, 05:40 AM
I figured it would either be Obama or they would go and do something along the lines of "The American Voter."

CougarTrace
12-17-2008, 05:45 AM
It had to be Obama and a deserving choice.

A longshot was Phelps.

Rob Helmerichs
12-17-2008, 05:46 AM
That was pretty much a "Well, duh!"...

changingshades
12-17-2008, 05:48 AM
next thing you know the sun will come up tomorrow

Ryudo
12-17-2008, 05:53 AM
THE EFFECT?!! I'll tell you what the effect is! IT'S PISSING ME OFF!!!

Cactusakic
12-17-2008, 05:54 AM
I am Jack's utter lack of surprise/interest.

RebootedCorpse
12-17-2008, 06:02 AM
Is there anyone who's even a little surprised by this?

http://media.aksuperstation.com/images/Sarah%20Palin.2.jpg

Khrutch
12-17-2008, 02:47 PM
:yawn:

Kingsumo
12-17-2008, 02:49 PM
Awesome!

Not a surprise at all, but awesome none the less.

Jim.
12-17-2008, 02:53 PM
Who?

Jef UK
12-17-2008, 03:05 PM
I never thought I'd live to see the day.

The Cheap-Arse Film Critic
12-17-2008, 03:23 PM
Ric Falir woz robbed.

artimoff
12-17-2008, 03:33 PM
When hasn't the new Prez been Time's MOTY?

usagi20
12-17-2008, 03:42 PM
Didn't someone on these boards bet his boss that Obama would be Time's Man of the Year? I think the bet was lunch.

Wigner's Friend
12-17-2008, 03:50 PM
When hasn't the new Prez been Time's MOTY?

The only President's not to get it were Gerald Ford and Herbert Hoover. Some guys didn't get the award the year they were elected, but they average giving it to a President once every 4 years.

Dan-C
12-17-2008, 04:13 PM
Bar-wha who, now?

Ryan Elliott
12-17-2008, 04:16 PM
:yawn:


You're so cute when you're being predictable.

CWebb
12-17-2008, 04:42 PM
I lost? :sad:

dEnny!
12-17-2008, 04:43 PM
The only President's not to get it were Gerald Ford and Herbert Hoover. Some guys didn't get the award the year they were elected, but they average giving it to a President once every 4 years.

That average makes me laugh.

dEnny!
12-17-2008, 04:45 PM
He's one behind W who got this honor in 2000 and 2004.

bartleby
12-17-2008, 04:48 PM
He's one behind W who got this honor in 2000 and 2004.

It's not always considered an honor.

Masculine Todd
12-17-2008, 04:50 PM
Remember when I was Person of the Year? Yeah, that was the best choice.

Wigner's Friend
12-17-2008, 04:51 PM
It's not always considered an honor.

Russell Kramer: There's something you never won. I was Time Magazine's Man of the Year.
Matt Douglas: So was Hitler.
Russell Kramer: Not twice.

dEnny!
12-17-2008, 04:52 PM
It's not always considered an honor.

I know. ;)


Hopefully I'm not being too subtlel.