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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:30 AM

Time Names Barack Obama Person of the Year

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Source: Time Magazine

In mid-December, as Obama settles into one of the Oval Office’s reupholstered chairs — brown leather instead of Bush’s blue and gold candy stripes — the validation of Election Day still hovers around him, suggesting that his second four years in office may turn out to be quite different from his first. Beyond the Oval Office, overwhelming challenges remain: deadlocked fiscal-cliff talks; a Federal Reserve that predicts years of high unemployment; and more unrest in places like Athens, Cairo and Damascus. But the President seems unbound and gives inklings of an ambition he has kept in check ever since he arrived at the White House to find a nation in crisis. He leans back, tea at his side, legs crossed, to explain what he thinks just happened. “It was easy to think that maybe 2008 was the anomaly,” he says. “And I think 2012 was an indication that, no, this is not an anomaly. We’ve gone through a very difficult time. The American people have rightly been frustrated at the pace of change, and the economy is still struggling, and this President we elected is imperfect. And yet despite all that, this is who we want to be.” He smiles. “That’s a good thing.”

Two years ago, Republicans liked to say that the only hard thing Obama ever did right was beating Hillary Clinton in the primary, and in electoral terms, there was some truth to that. In 2012 the GOP hoped to cast him as an inspiring guy who was not up to the job. But now we know the difference between the wish and the thing, the hype and the man in the office. He stands somewhat shorter, having won 4 million fewer votes and two fewer states than in 2008. But his 5 million-vote margin of victory out of 129 million ballots cast shocked experts in both parties, and it probably would have been higher had so much of New York and New Jersey not stayed home after Hurricane Sandy. He won many of the toughest battlegrounds walking away: Virginia by 4 points, Colorado by 5 and the lily white states of Iowa and New Hampshire by 6. He untied Ohio’s knotty heartland politics, picked the Republican lock on Florida Cubans and won Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis. (Those last two data points especially caught the President’s interest.) He will take the oath on Jan. 20 as the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. Only five other Presidents have done that in all of U.S. history.


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democrattotheend Dec 2012 OP
Myrina Dec 2012 #1
BumRushDaShow Dec 2012 #2
Hotler Dec 2012 #3
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #4
malibea Dec 2012 #5
Janspece Dec 2012 #6
byeya Dec 2012 #7
onehandle Dec 2012 #8
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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:35 AM

1. Duplicate thread

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:36 AM

2. And heads everywhere

including DU, will explode.

Congrats Mr. President and more than well-deserved!!!

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:00 AM

3. I do not agree. n/t

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:21 PM

4. US-centric BS, it should have been Malala!

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:16 PM

5. Congratulations!

Congratulations Mr. President! Well deserved. This is pretty darn good for someone who was not supposed to win re-election to the White House! Way to go. )

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:20 PM

6. If He Does Something About Guns

 

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:21 PM

7. He deserves it as much as he deserved his Peace Prize.

 

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:32 PM

8. Runner-Up: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. nt

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:39 PM

9. Locking, sorry. LBN Dupe. Please continue discussion on LBN link below

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