Time Person of the Year: President Obama

[ 0 ] December 19, 2012 |

President Obama has been named TIME’s 2012 “Person of the Year.”

This is Obama’s second time gracing the TIME Magazine cover after earning the title of “Person of the Year.” The first time was after his election win in 2008 over rival John McCain.

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Obama beat out the likes of other contenders including: Malala Yousafzai, the teen Pakistani advocate for education for girls who was shot by the Taliban and whose story inspired the world, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Time The named 17-year-old Yousafzai 2012’s runner-up.

Political and media strategist Joanne Bamberger, who is also the author of PunditMom’s Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics in America, said she thinks TIME should have chosen Yousafzi to make a statement.

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“While I understand the reasoning behind TIME choosing President Obama as a symbol of major demographic and cultural change in America, I’m truly disappointed that those making the choice didn’t select Malala Yousafzi as person of the year,” Bamberger said.
Bamberger, known around the blogosphere as “PunditMom,” and founder of the online women’s commentary magazine, The Broad Side, said not only did Malala show almost unheard of courage in the face of almost certain physical violence against her by speaking out about educating girls in Pakistan, she has raised awareness about the issue of violence against girls and women all over the world – an epidemic that few seem focused on.
“At a time when Republicans in Congress are fighting about which women should be protected by the Violence Against Women Act here in the U.S., and in a year where many people have had their awareness raised about what women and girls around the world face, through the book and movie Half the Sky, TIME Magazine could have sent a powerful message that it’s time to stop turning away from stories like Malala’s,” Bamberger continued. “Additionally, by choosing Malala as Person of the Year, TIME could have brought more attention to the work that retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has done to focus more attention on the violence girls and women around the world face every day.”

Bamberger said her seventh-grade daughter told her just Wednesday morning that her class had been discussing Malala’s story and she was shocked that there are girls just like her around the world who fear brutal violence and even death as a result of wanting the education she takes for granted.

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“She asked if we could talk about doing something to help other girls like Malala,” Bamberger said. “Imagine if her image was on TIME Magazine for all our daughters to see and the change they could help make simply because a magazine chose to put her on the cover.”

Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME Magazine, said Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the country is changing – not just in demographics, but in culture, and Obama’s popularity reflects that.

“Obama represents a cultural shift in how we think about politics, how we think about government, and how we think about each other.”

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About Joanne Bamberger: Joanne Bamberger is a political and media strategist/analyst, author, and recovering attorney living in the shadow of the nation’s capital. She’s also known around the blogosphere as PunditMom! Look for her just-published book — PunditMom's [...]
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