Article from Time For Kids Site
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TIME and TFK name Barack Obama 2008 Person of the Year
On November 4, millions of people across the country braved long lines at the polls to elect Barack Obama to become the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office. This morning, in New York City, Obama earned another distinction: TIME magazine chose President-elect Barack Obama as the Person of the Year for 2008.
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In this 80-year-old tradition, TIME editors recognize the person, group or (sometimes) idea that has influenced events and had the greatest impact on the world for the preceding 12 months. The editors of TIME point to Obama’s confidence and vision for America’s future as some of the key reasons for making Obama this year’s choice. He overcame a more than a few obstacles to reach his goal. Critics said his rivals had more experience. Some said he had a foreign-sounding funny name. Still, he surmounted the racial divide to win one of the most dramatic elections in U.S. history.
At TIME FOR KIDS, the question was left open to our readers, who made their pick on our timeforkids.com poll. Kids chose Barack Obama as their Person of 2008. According to your votes, super-swimmer Michael Phelps finished second and Senator John McCain earned third place.
Who might become the Person of the Year in 2009? Teaching kids about the people who are changing our world is something TFK aims to do every week. Together, we will watch world events unfold during the year ahead.
Who would you nominate for person of the year? It can be a famous person, or someone in your own life, but who ever you would nominate give your reason why you think they should be person of the year.