Obama Time’s Person of the Year

Joining Stalin, LBJ, Churchill, and a few other notables, Obama becomes a two-time winner of Time’s “Person of the Year” contest. (You already knew this, but he also won in 2008.) And this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise–the Person of the Year has been the newly elected president in five of the last six election years. But the pick makes sense, considering how polarizing the president was, and how much his election meant to voters on both sides of the aisles. Time‘s rationale, however, goes beyond just the election. They picked Obama in part for the coalition of minorities and young people he mobilized, which will change the electoral calculus of any candidate going forward. The runners up were Malala Yousafsai, the young Pakistani education activist targeted by the Taliban, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and Fabiola Gianotti, a scientist who helped discover the Higgs Boson particle. [TIME]