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2008: Barack Obama A look at Time magazine's Person of the Year covers over the past decade reveals an eclectic mix reflecting the temper of the times: Choices have ranged from presidents to whistleblowers to "You." In 2008, Time's editors chose the man who had just won a historic election: Barack Obama.
2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President | TIME.com. When Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize, Republicans complained "He won that just for being elected." That may be true if so, it is as it should be. Time's Person of the Year article illustrates that for this man, just winning an election was a world-changing event, and winning re-election might just be an even greater feat.