Barack Obama is Time ‘Person of the Year’

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Unsurprisingly, Time magazine named U.S. President-elect Barack Obama the 2008 Person of the Year after he became the first African-American to win the White House.

Time’s managing editor Richard Stengel said the magazine picked Obama for his constant presence in news coverage throughout the year, and for being elected president at a “periolous” and “critical” time in American history.

Obama, who will be inaugurated as the 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, beat U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Beijing Olympics director Zhang Yimou for the honor.

“In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th president of the United States,” the magazine said.

The award has also been given to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in the past, for less honorable reasons.

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