TIME Person of the Year: Barack Obama

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TIME magazine today named U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama as her Person of the Year for 2008. This coming after rounds of debates and expert opinions (where they even considered iObama, his online persona) is a surprise indeed.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/personoftheyear

However, strictly speaking, this is Mr. Obama’s fourth Person of the Year honor. Born in 1961, Mr. Obama was a baby-bloomer and a Middle-American, both of which were chosen as TIME’s People of the Year in the 1960s. Obama’s last nod was two years ago, when coupled with an unusual bout of creativity, TIME magazine named “You” as People of the Year.

Meanwhile, people in Japan are wondering why “little beach” is named the Person of the Year. May be they will think this is a repeat of TIME’s 1988 nomination of Planet Earth as POY (Planet of the Year). Yes, Obama means Obama means “little beach” in Japanese, and it is even the name of a small fishing town in Fukui.

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