In a year of memorable magazine covers, this week's issue of Time certainly ranks highly in my mind. Businessweek has been producing some of the very best covers — incidentally including one of an aging Barack Obama — prompting me to go as far as to purchase a digital subscription of the magazine. (I know, right?) I suppose there's a lot to be said for a well put together publication and 2012 has been a great demonstration of that fact.
Beyond the article in Time about the President, Ken Layne of The Awl has, perhaps, the best response (and URL slug) to the selection:
Aren't there any other black presidents who win historic elections against old white rich guys? No? Well then, Barack Obama is the Person of the Year, according to TIME, which is not even trying anymore now that Newsweek is gone. Obama was chosen because, let's see, "We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Barack Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America. In 2012, he found and forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union."
If taking our guns away and taxing the Koch Brothers at a 99% federal rate and "solving the ocean" makes for a more perfect union, we … well, we're pretty much good with all that! But "Superstorm Sandy" was obviously the Person of the Year.