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Time Magazine Person of the Year: President Barack Obama


owedtojoy

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This rounds off a remarkable year for the President, given that a year ago his polls numbers were in the low 40%s. No President had ever been re-elected with such low numbers. To many, Obama's Presidency was running into the sand, faced with a resurgent Republican Party who delivered a "shellacking" to the Democarts in 2010 and whose avowed aim was to make him a one-term President.

But in a display of courage and perseverance, he fought back. With the addition of a bit of luck (e.g. the Supremes backed his Healthcare Bill), he was indeed re-elected.

Managing editor Richard Stengel unveiled the magazine's choice on Wednesday's "Today." He said it was remarkable that the president won two terms with over 50 percent of the popular vote as a Democrat. He also noted that Obama took office in an economic crisis, and credited him with creating a new political "alignment like Ronald Reagan did forty years ago."
To add to the good news:


The President's job approval is at its highest since Osama bin Laden was shot. One CBS poll has his rating as 57%; the lowest is 48%.

2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President | TIME.com

What next for Barack Obama? Basically he has 2.5 years at most before he becomes a lame duck. What might he do?
 


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Excellent!
 

Troy_337

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- Reform gun laws?
- Fund community mental health?
 

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All I can say about this is that Barrack Hussein Obama does not deserve any accolades for his Presidency or any other reason.

He has presided over an era of increasing discontentment and deepening divisions worldwide. If this is a new political alignment, the world is in a sorry state.
 

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Don't know whats a bigger joke this or yellow belly getting european of the year.

What a pathetic world we live in.
 
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Ah well... Enda can take comfort in the fact that he can, at least, compete with Angela Merkel on the European front, right?
 

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Ah well... Enda can take comfort in the fact that he can, at least, compete with Angela Merkel on the European front, right?
You have to bear in mind that in the US and Europe we could be talking about two parallel universes.

For a black man to be elected to two terms in the White House is truly seismic (unlike the Gilmore definition).

It's a very short time since blacks couldn't sit on a bus with whites.

Celebrate change.
 

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- Reform gun laws?
- Fund community mental health?
- stop bombing the sh1t out of every country with a few barrels of oil under the ground until they install a puppet government?

Proclaiming the leader of the most violent country on Earth as 'Person of the Year" is laughable. I deserves the same reaction we would give to a Russian magazine who made a similar proclamation about Putin. Childish, inward looking, propagandist, vacuous tripe.
 

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Once Clinton realised he couldn't deliver all the big ideas he had he concentrated on small wins and made some progress on various issues...

Obama should probably do the same...

The world over it seems to be the case that those politicians who have ideals get it all knocked out of them by dead hand systems controlled by life long bureaucrats and Sir Humphries whose sole purpose seems to be to maintain the rotten status quo...

The US system seems to be no different and is paralysed for long periods... and yet still there seems to be no appetite to reform it...

On the contrary, Americans seem to be willingly hamstrung by a Constitution written nearly 200 years ago which many seem to regard as sacrosanct for whatever reason...

Note: Not all politicians are idealistic. Many treat politics like the family business and are indulged generation after generation by gobsh!te voters in their parish pump cesspools.

Have a guess what country I'm thinking of?
 

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Who should it have been? I think the young girl in Pakistan, who put her life at risk for her and others education.

BBC News - Shot Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai 'symbol of courage'
BBC News - Shot Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai 'symbol of courage'
29 Oct 2012 – Pakistan's interior minister says a schoolgirl activist who was shot there by the Taliban is a "symbol of courage and determination" against ...
 

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- stop bombing the sh1t out of every country with a few barrels of oil under the ground until they install a puppet government?

Proclaiming the leader of the most violent country on Earth as 'Person of the Year" is laughable. I deserves the same reaction we would give to a Russian magazine who made a similar proclamation about Putin. Childish, inward looking, propagandist, vacuous tripe.
Well -he's not the only one - Enda Kenney received the same honour a few weeks ago. :shock:
 

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Some previous winners of this accolade.
Adolf Hitler-1938
Josef Stalin-1939
Stalin again-1942
Nixon and Kissinger-1972
Anwar Sadat-1977
Ayatollah Khomenei-1979
The 2 Bushes-1990
Newt Gingrich 1995
Kenneth Starr-1998
Putin 2007
Ben Bernanke-2009
Bloke who invented Facebook-2010
 

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So no mention of blowing up innocent women and children then, no?

More the fool who takes this serious.
 

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My own wish list (in no particular order):

  • End the War on Terror/ End drone strikes
  • Accomplish Afghan withdrawal
  • End the War on Drugs
  • Close Guantanamo
  • Assist in setting up a Palestinian State
  • Encourage Israel to make peace with its neighbours.
  • Back the progress to democracy and peace in the Middle East
  • End dependence on Middle East Oil by the US
  • Begin the painful business of weaning the US off fossil-fuels
  • Come to a wide-ranging understanding with China that ends superpower rivalry
  • Come to an understanding with China to mitigate climate change
  • Begin US demilitarisation
  • Takes the US back to being a powerful innovative force in the world economy
  • Gets to appoint enough Liberal Supreme Court Justices to gain a majority on the court
  • Starts to diminish the power of corporate money and lobbying in US politics

Basically, Obama has to set the USA's agenda for the next generation, if not the next century. He is now free from the unreal expectations of 4 years ago, and maybe above the bitterness and hatred directed at him.
 

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My own wish list (in no particular order):

  • End the War on Terror/ End drone strikes
  • Accomplish Afghan withdrawal
  • End the War on Drugs
  • Close Guantanamo
  • Assist in setting up a Palestinian State
  • Encourage Israel to make peace with its neighbours.
  • Back the progress to democracy and peace in the Middle East
  • End dependence on Middle East Oil by the US
  • Begin the painful business of weaning the US off fossil-fuels
  • Come to a wide-ranging understanding with China that ends superpower rivalry
  • Come to an understanding with China to mitigate climate change
  • Begin US demilitarisation
  • Takes the US back to being a powerful innovative force in the world economy
  • Gets to appoint enough Liberal Supreme Court Justices to gain a majority on the court
  • Starts to diminish the power of money in US politics
Eh, tell me why you weren't supporting Ron Paul again? :confused:

Apart from all the overseas interventionist stuff, it seems you backed the wrong horse. That, of course being a warmongering, corporatist shill that had to get both his competitors thrown off the ballot to actually win a Senate seat. Obama epitomizes everything that is wrong with politics in America. And you want this guy to diminish money in politics? For crying out loud, you'll need a stat procedure before the body-snatcher ejects itself out of your chest.

Kill it with FIRE!
 

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What about the man who operates the Teleprompter ?

Does he get any credit ?
 

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