Time Magazine names Obama as “Person of the Year”

Was there really any competition? A year ago, very few people even thought Barack Obama could beat Hillary Clinton. (I was one of the people who thought that’s what would happen — and said it publicly, even though I was mocked by my friends for it.) Obama was the amazing story of 2008.

But, does it matter anymore who Time Magazine thinks is the “person of the year”? Earlier this week, it was announced that Time Magazine’s Jay Carney was going to work for Joe Biden, which prompted a discussion about the ongoing viability of weekly magazines. Adam Nagourney from the New York Times attributed the demise of those publications to the influence of blogosphere:

That said, he leaves Time Magazine when the future of weekly news magazines is clearly in doubt, and as these organizations have been forced to make sizable cutbacks and cope with a media landscape increasingly influenced by the blogosphere and not the newsweeklies.

That’s quite a plug from Mr. Nagourney — and an acknowledgment of the changing media landscape.

So, I haven’t asked John, but I think if we named a person of the year here at AMERICAblog, it would probably be Obama, too.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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