PHOTOS: President Barack Obama Named TIME’s Person Of The Year

cover.digital version.inddTime has chosen President Barack Obama for its annual “Person of the Year.”  Mitt Romney was chosen by the publication for its less popular “Historical Footnote of the Year.”

From Time‘s profile of the President:

When he talks about the campaign, he likes to think about the generational shift the country is going through on topics like gay marriage — an issue on which he lagged, only to reverse himself last spring. He connects it to the optimism he felt as a young man, the same thing he always talks about with staff in the limo or on the plane after visits with campaign volunteers.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” reads one of the quotes stitched into his new Oval Office rug — an old abolitionist cry that Martin Luther King Jr. repurposed while marching on Selma, Ala.

Obama believes in that, and he believes he is more than just a bit player in the transition. “I do think that my eight years as President, reflecting those values and giving voice to those values, help to validate or solidify that transformation,” he says, “and I think that’s a good thing for the country.”


But even as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama is still no match for Spider-Man.

What do you think is Obama deserving of “Person of the Year” or was Ryan Gosling robbed yet again?