December 27, 2012
Barack Obama won Time’s coveted award Person of the Year again. The award, steeped in majesty and honor, has gone to Obama once before, back in 2008 when he swept into power on the winds of change brought by stormy negative social mood. This time, the winds are fairer, and he’s won on the strength of being in charge when things look more positive to the populace. Time’s Person of the Year, an award the internet more fairly believed should have gone to Kim Jong-Un, often goes to sitting presidents, but Obama’s second win puts him in the rare company of multiple winners. They include such illustrious gentlemen as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and of course Joseph Stalin.
The formula appears to be simple: if social mood is good enough to reelect you, it’s good enough for a second Person of the Year award, as every reelected president since the award began has won the Person of the Year twice. Or you could be an American ally during WWII – that also seems to assure two wins, especially if you’re Joseph Stalin and any election involving you also probably involved a high command purge.
Anyway, getting reelected to the US presidency seems to be the most surefire way to double up on Person of the Year. For more on how to do that, check out Bob Prechter’s article on reelections in the US right here.
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