It’s Not Sandra Fluke: TIME ‘Person Of The Year’

Revealed Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show. Huff Post.  Runner-up:  the Pakistani teenage girl shot by the Taliban.

“After four of the most challenging years in the nation’s history, his chance to leave office as a great President who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach.” TIME‘s last line on Obama.

Obama TIME Person Of The Year 2012

TIME: To understand how he kept his job, the best place to start is where he did. In early 2011, David Simas, a former registrar of deeds in Taunton, Mass., who had become a senior White House aide, switched on what might be called one of the largest listening posts in U.S. history. For months on end, two or three nights a week, Simas and his team secretly gathered voters in rented rooms across the swing states, eight at a time, the men separated from the women. The Obamans poked at their guinea pigs’ animal spirits, asked for confessions and played word-association games. (Among swing voters, Democrat often elicited Barack Obama, and Republican would yield words like old and backward.) Live feeds of the focus groups were shown on computer screens at campaign headquarters in Chicago. The first discovery Simas made held the keys to the kingdom. “Here is the best thing,” he said of Obama when he went back to home base. “People trust him.”

In an age of lost authority, Obama had managed to maintain his. In group after group, the voters told the researchers they believed the President was honest, lived an admirable personal life and was trying to do the right thing. “Here’s what I heard for 18 months,” Simas says. “‘I trust his values. I think he walked into the worst situation of any President in 50 years. And you know what? I am disappointed that things haven’t turned around.’ But there was always that feeling of ‘I am willing to give this guy a second shot.’”

In different rooms, behind different one-way mirrors, Republicans made the same discovery.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 8:42 AM


  • 4lsanday

    Looks like BO beat out BOO BOO

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      What a rogues’ gallery!

  • Sentinel

    ….. Coming from the same propaganda rag that also named Adolph Hitler, Man Of The Year, in 1938.

    And they will blindly follow him like sheep to the slaughterhouse.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Perhaps there will be life on that Earth-like planet after all and we of sane mind can escape. …

  • John Cobb

    “After four of the most challenging years in the nation’s history”, more than old Abe and FDR, more than Polk or Jefferson and Washington too,
     WOW, 

    you would think the guy was just elected and the last four years were Bushes fault, people are delusional these days.

    We are going to get “four more years”all right, the prez knows he can run the nation on “new money” for many years to come, and that’s what’s going to happen. They will continue to spend spend spend and tax tax tax, and cut a little too, but not much, while running the economy over a cliff that makes this one look small, that’s my prediction for the next four years.

  • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

    Obama wins TIME’s “honor” because he conned the block of  dumb American voters. 

  • Vinney

    It’s not Sandra Fluke, just a fluke.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       TIME looking for an Obama bailout?

  • Jimbotalk

    “Things didn’t turn around, but I’m willing to give him a second shot?”
    Lordy–have they drugged the water?

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Yes.