Mixed reactions to Obama being named Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Washington, Dec. 20 (ANI): President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for the second time, after winning another term in the White House.

Public reaction to the announcement was mixed, with some on social media suggesting that the President was too-predictable choice, with other saying that he was the inevitable one.

"We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America," the title is awarded by Time's editors, and managing editor Richard Stengel wrote in an introductory editorial.

The President is Person of the Year, Stengel went on, adding that "for finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union".

According to the Independent, the four runners-up were Tim Cook, the new CEO of Apple, whose predecessor, Steve Jobs, appeared on the magazine's cover eight times, though never as Person of the Year.

Other included in the list were Mohamed Morsi, the new President of Egypt; Fabiola Gianotti, the particle physicist in charge of the search for the Higgs Boson particle; and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in the region.

"Since October her message has been heard around the world, from cramped classrooms where girls scratch out lessons in the dirt to the halls of the UN and national governments and NGOs, where legions of activists argue ever more vehemently that the key to raising living standards throughout the developing world is the empowerment of women and girls," Aryn Baker, the magazine's Middle East bureau chief, wrote of Yousafzai. (ANI)

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