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Obama is Time's Person of the Year again

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Time Magazine has chosen President Obama as its annual Person of the Year for 2012.

The magazine's managing editor, Rick Stengel, made the announcement on The Today Show Wednesday morning.

"He's basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind of a New America, a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of," Stengel said. "Using the coalition of the ascendant young voters, millennial, Hispanics minorities, he's creating a new alignment, a kind of realignment like Ronald Reagan did 40 years ago."

You can read Times article on the choice - which starts with Obama's move from New York to Chicago 27 years ago - at

The president was also on the cover in 2008 after he won office for the first time.

Other notables on the list were:

  • Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!;

  • Mohammed Morsi, president of Egypt;

  • Undocumented Americans;

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton;

  • Malala Yousafzai, the student activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban;

  • Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple;

  • Higgs Boson and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati

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