GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Former US president Barack Obama speaks during day 9 of COP26 on November 08, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Day Nine of the 2021 climate summit in Glasgow will focus on delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impacts and address loss and damage. This is the 26th "Conference of the Parties" and represents a gathering of all the countries signed on to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Climate Agreement. The aim of this year's conference is to commit countries to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
The Prestigious Honor Barack Obama Won Twice
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Barack Obama has achieved widespread recognition and many awards since becoming the first African American president, having served two terms in the White House. The former president's oratory skills, political influence, and presence on the world's stage led to him receiving a certain prestigious honor two times.
TIME Magazine gave Obama the title of Person of the Year in both 2008 and 2012. The idea behind Person of the Year is to use the front cover to display the title-holder and explore their impact on world events and people's lives, either for good or ill, and overall embodying what was important about that specific year.
Presidents often star on the cover of the Person of the Year issue, but being president is not a guarantee to be picked. During his terms, Obama maintained enough influence to deeply impact America; his story for 2012 stated, "The campaign wasn't pretty, and the economy worse. [B]ut he reasserted himself as a potent architect for a changing America."