Obama Named Time's 'Person of the Year'

by Gerri Willis

 

Drum roll, please. Time magazine, in a courageous and surprising move named its ‘Person of the Year’...

Well, maybe not so surprising... It's President Obama.

The editors at Time commend the President for building a coalition that "spells the end of the Reagan realignment that had defined American politics for 30 years."

Sheesh! I thought that was the problem with Obama. It’s not something to applaud him for.

There are the gaffes, of course. The most astonishing is the one he delivered to a crowd last July in Roanoke, Virginia. It’s about how the government is the front of all that is good.

He said, “if you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

No, it wasn't just a one-time slam to businesses. A month earlier the President had shown just how out of touch he is with the private sector when amidst sky-high unemployment and anemic economic growth, he said, “the private sector is doing fine."

So, let's see- a president that doesn't understand the private sector that is the backbone of this country, and one that can't quite get his arms around the nuances of diplomatic relations, or even just the basic rules.

You want to know my recommendation for Times' person of the year:

The young Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai.

This 15-year-old stood up for her right to attain an education, and as a result she was brutally attacked by the Taliban on a bus on the way home in Pakistan. She was shot in the head. Shot in the head for being female and wanting to get an education.

That didn't square with Islamic extremists. They have never been caught, and she is recovering in England.

From there, she continues to assert basic rights for women, even for women in Pakistan. The magazine editors at time didn't see that as first place finish.

I do.