Well, Well, Well, Barack Obama, Gabby Douglas, And Jay-Z Up For TIME’s Person Of The Year

November 28, 2012  |  


President Obama has a chance to reclaim his title as TIME‘s Person of the Year this December but he has some interesting competition, particularly when it comes to black nominees. Both Gabby Douglas and Jay-Z are up for the annual honor as well. Surprising right? Well, Gabby not so much considering she’s become America’s darling since the summer Olympics. As TIME put it:

When she flipped and tumbled her way to two gold medals at the London Olympic Games, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas checked off a number of firsts: she became the first U.S. gymnast to win both the all-around and team golds in a single Games and the first African-American gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title.

This has arguably been Jay-Z’s best year ever as well though, TIME notes:

The rapper Jay-Z, 42, started the year off strong — with the January birth of Blue Ivy Carter, his daughter with wife Beyoncé Knowles — and never lost momentum, whether he was starting his own musical festival (Philadelphia’s Made in America fest), performing eight sold-out shows to mark the opening of his hometown Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center arena (where the Nets, the basketball team of which he’s a part owner, also play) or (reportedly) buying a generator to keep the lights on for his neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy. But in 2012, Hova also made his mark on a larger scale: as one of the highest-profile surrogates for President Obama’s re-election campaign — he even remixed his hit single to include the words “I got 99 problems, but Mitt ain’t one” at a Columbus, Ohio, rally — he changed what it could mean for celebrities and politicians to work together.

Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t appear many TIME readers agree. Preliminary voting results show about 7,000 people could see him snagging the title, as opposed to 60,000 who say “no way.” Gabby’s odds are about 22,000 for and 41,000 against, while 45,000 are in favor of Barack Obama, who earned the title in 2008, and 59,000 say nay.

Of all of the nominees, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has the best chance of winning the title this year. Morsy had a historic victory this summer when he won the presidential election as part of the Muslim Brotherhood which was once outlawed in his country. Other front runners at the time include Kim Jung On, Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Colbert, Bashar Assad, and Psy, yes that is the man behind the K-pop hit song Gangnam style.

Check out the full list of nominees here. Who’s your pick?


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