Obama Time’s `Person of the Year’

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President Barack Obama is Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

President Barack Obama, who won re-election last month and is the “author of a new America,” is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for a second time, the publication said today.

The president joins 12 others who have been honored twice.

The announcement was made by managing editor Rick Stengel on NBC’s “Today” show.

“After four of the most challenging years in the nation’s history, his chance to leave office as a great president who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach,” the magazine said.

The weekly news magazine for the past 85 years has selected the person, or sometimes a group or thing, who or that its editors deemed had the single greatest impact during the past year, for better or for worse.

Obama won the same honor in 2008 as president-elect.

See Time’s account.

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