The suspense has finally ended. We now know that Time magazine's Person of the Year is, drum roll please, Barack Obama! The President-elect beat out US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, director of the Beijing opening ceremonies Zhang Yimou, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
The magazine cites Obama's ability to overcome a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions, and America's racial divide to become President as evidence that he's the person of the year. If you're worried that the feature holds few surprises, Time does pull through with a playful 1980 photo shoot of college freshman Barack Obama. And in the interview, Obama details his views on the economy, his mandate, and his temperament.
Even if Time made a predictable choice, do you agree that Barack Obama is the person of the 2008?