The year 2012 is like 2008 all over again for Barack Obama who this year celebrated re-election as President of the United States and is also being honored as TIME’s “Person of the Year” for the second time. Obama was granted the title back in 2008 for obvious reasons, but in TIME’s elegant write-up of their 2012 selection, it’s clear this honor means that much more the second time around.
Ever since the campaign computers started raising the odds of victory from near even to something like surefire, Obama had been thinking a lot about what it meant to win without the lightning-in-a-bottle quality of that first national campaign. The Obama effect was not ephemeral anymore, no longer reducible to what had once been mocked as “that hopey-changey stuff.” It could be measured — in wars stopped and started; industries saved, restructured or reregulated; tax cuts extended; debt levels inflated; terrorists killed; the health-insurance system reimagined; and gay service members who could walk in uniform with their partners. It could be seen in the new faces who waited hours to vote and in the new ways campaigns are run. America debated and decided this year: history would not record Obama’s presidency as a fluke.
Breaking down just how glorious President Obama’s reelection was, TIME noted that when it comes to the votes he earned, he got “71% of Latinos, 93% of blacks, 73% of Asians and 60% of those under 30.” When he takes oath January 20, he will also become the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. It was also noted that only five other Presidents in U.S. history have done that. Nearly 66 million people gave President Obama their vote this November, but as far as he was concerned he’s just the agent for the change the American people are fighting for. He told the news magazine:
“The choice that they made was less about me and more about them, more about who they saw themselves to be.”
Check out the entire “Person of the Year” write-up here. Congratulations President Obama!