The year is drawing to a close and “Time Magazine” has named its Person of the Year. Drum roll please!
For the second time President Barack Obama takes that lofty role. He was also given the esteemed title in 2008.
The Executive Editor of “Time,” Radhika Jones, speaking to CNN's Wednesday, said the president best fit the qualifications for that position, when asked why 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan didn't get the title instead. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for fighting for girls like herself to get an education.
Others considered were scientist Fabiola Gianotti, Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and Apple's CEO Tim Cook.
Jones added that Obama best represented the changing dynamics in America. His historic re-election despite the abysmal unemployment rates and economy sets him apart. No one has been re-elected with those jobless numbers in 70 years.
“Times” editor Rick Stengel announced the choice on NBC's “Today” show and also stopped by Soledad O'Brien on CNN Wednesday. Speaking on his magazine's pick of the president, on “Today,” Stengel said, "he's basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind new America–a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of," reports Reuters.
Stengel added that Obama was the first Democrat to win two consecutive terms with over 50 percent of the vote while straddled with a backdrop of economic difficulties. At least not since the Great Depression and World War 11's Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Time's contributor Michael Scherer, speaking on the magazine's choice of the president, said that Obama won this election despite the odds because of his "unique ability to capitalize" on the changing demographics in this country--mainly the "new, younger, diverse America," he added.
Something many critics have accused the Republican party of being woefully inept at capturing. Talk of changing what many see as their old-school, non-inclusive ways and policies lobbied, passed and enacted that seem to marginalize and alienate minorities, including women--was heard when Mitt Romney kept up his "47 percent of the population are moochers" theme, after he lost the election.
Romney was heard on aleaked audio telling his rich campaign donors that he lost because President Obama had given voters '"gifts." Some of his fellow Republicans took issue with that statement, including governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal, who slammed the presidential nominee, calling the gifts accusation "absolutely wrong," and called for change in party rhetoric.(Read it here).
But is the change called for simply a repackaging of the GOP brand? Time will tell, but judging by our legislators' performance with the Fiscal Cliff and gun reform in the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary shooting massacre, it looks like the party is towing their ususal line.