Know the TIME Person of the Year 2012, Barack Obama

Author: Sherry Helms

On December 19, the TIME magazine has declared its Person of the Year for 2012, and it’s once again our one of the most-celebrated President Barack Obama who has captured the cover page of the magazine. He made it once before in 2008.

TIME’s managing editor Richard Stengel explained in his note this year, “For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year”.

Our hearty congratulations to President Obama, who was on the card with 8 other frontrunners for the honor — Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her crusade for better girls’ education; Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi; both Bill and Hillary Clinton for their global humanitarian and political activism; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!; Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and the Higgs Boson, the particle of the year, along with the three scientists who discovered it.

If you want to learn more about President Obama and his ideas, you may start with the following books:

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama – A story of Obama’s struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother.

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise - This book outlines the President Obama’s vision for America.

The Obamas by Jodi Kantor - Takes us deep inside the White House as the President Obama and his wife Michelle try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama - It is Barack Obama’s call for a new kind of politics — a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans.

Obama’s Wars by Bob WoodwardProviding the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama - A tender, beautiful letter to his daughters by President Barack Obama, offering a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation –from the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington.


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