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    Default Time Magazine Person of the Year: President Barack Obama

    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."
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    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!
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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.
    The facts and nothing but the facts.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFunkyBoogaloo View Post
    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.
    Abortion is an act of violence. Violence demeans humanity, particularly violence against women and children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy_337 View Post
    - 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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    All hail the person of the year! Particularly his concern for the safety of school children everywhere. Well... almost everywhere...

    In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

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