The Prestigious Honor Barack Obama Won Twice
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Barack Obama has achieved widespread recognition and many awards since becoming the first African American president, having served two terms in the White House. The former president's oratory skills, political influence, and presence on the world's stage led to him receiving a certain prestigious honor two times.
TIME Magazine gave Obama the title of Person of the Year in both 2008 and 2012. The idea behind Person of the Year is to use the front cover to display the title-holder and explore their impact on world events and people's lives, either for good or ill, and overall embodying what was important about that specific year.
Presidents often star on the cover of the Person of the Year issue, but being president is not a guarantee to be picked. During his terms, Obama maintained enough influence to deeply impact America; his story for 2012 stated, "The campaign wasn't pretty, and the economy worse. [B]ut he reasserted himself as a potent architect for a changing America."