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#1 Dec 19 2012 at 8:16 AM Rating: Decent
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What the @#%^, Time. I know you've been phoning it in for years, but really? Obama? Why not just go with who you obviously would have preferred, PSY.

http://www.theonion.com/video/time-announces-new-version-of-magazine-aimed-at-ad,17950/

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#3 Dec 19 2012 at 8:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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The original winner of Time's poll was Kim Jong-un due to 4Chan, so they probably had to pick a "neutral" winner in a hurry to make the publishing date.
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What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?
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He's taken his place on the cover along with other esteemd gentlemen such as himself four years ago, the reflective "you" cover, and the delightful generic protestor.
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someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?


Had an epic rap battle against Mitt Romney.

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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?


Had an epic rap battle against Mitt Romney.



Smiley: eek

What the hell was that? And how did it get 46m views? Kids these days...
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someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?


That's a pretty huge accomplishment, honestly. He proved that no matter ho rich you personally are and how many Senators and Reps you can buy off, you still can't purchase the presidency itself.
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someproteinguy wrote:
Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?


Had an epic rap battle against Mitt Romney.



Smiley: eek

What the hell was that? And how did it get 46m views? Kids these days...


The only interesting thing is how they got Obama's slight stutter down. It's a unique mannerism I wouldn't expect most to be able to replicate.
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He proved that no matter ho rich you personally are and how many Senators and Reps you can buy off, you still can't purchase the presidency itself.

Right, because there was no trading of access for money by Democrats this election cycle... Don't be so crushingly naive. It makes the rest of us look bad.
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someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?

Getting re-elected seems to have figured heavily into it.
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Two years ago, Republicans liked to say that the only hard thing Obama ever did right was beating Hillary Clinton in the primary, and in electoral terms, there was some truth to that. In 2012 the GOP hoped to cast him as an inspiring guy who was not up to the job. But now we know the difference between the wish and the thing, the hype and the man in the office.
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He stands somewhat shorter, having won 4 million fewer votes and two fewer states than in 2008. But his 5 million-vote margin of victory out of 129 million ballots cast shocked experts in both parties, and it probably would have been higher had so much of New York and New Jersey not stayed home after Hurricane Sandy. He won many of the toughest battlegrounds walking away: Virginia by 4 points, Colorado by 5 and the lily white states of Iowa and New Hampshire by 6. He untied Ohio's knotty heartland politics, picked the Republican lock on Florida Cubans and won Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis. (Those last two data points especially caught the President's interest.) He will take the oath on Jan. 20 as the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. Only five other Presidents have done that in all of U.S. history.

Has anyone actually cared who the "Person of the Year" is within the last decade if not longer? It's either a novelty pick or someone unsurprising. Good for a day's worth of free advertising via soaking up a media cycle and that's about it.
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#13 Dec 19 2012 at 11:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?


What had he done to win the peace prize in 09? Don't get me wrong, I voted for the guy and defend his positions, but even I agree the idolatry is a bit hard to swallow.
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Jophiel wrote:
someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?

Getting re-elected seems to have figured heavily into it.
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He will take the oath on Jan. 20 as the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. Only five other Presidents have done that in all of U.S. history.


That actually does seem like a pretty big achievement, locally speaking.
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#15 Dec 19 2012 at 12:52 PM Rating: Good
Obama has a stutter? I've never noticed.
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#16 Dec 19 2012 at 12:57 PM Rating: Good
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someproteinguy wrote:
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someproteinguy wrote:
What did he actually do this year besides getting re-elected?


Had an epic rap battle against Mitt Romney.



Smiley: eek

What the hell was that? And how did it get 46m views? Kids these days...


Each view was a vote for Lincoln.
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#17 Dec 19 2012 at 1:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Obama has a stutter? I've never noticed.

I'll admit, it's very very slight, but you've never noticed how sometimes he skips a beat mid-sentence?
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I'll admit, it's very very slight, but you've never noticed how sometimes he skips a beat mid-sentence?

He's pausing, not stuttering. It's a pretty common trait of people trained to slow down rapid speech when they become orators. The "nice" thought about it is that his brain is far ahead of where the words he's spoken are and he's compensating and resetting. The "mean" thought about it is that he's forgotten what he was saying next. Stuttering is a completely different thing pathologically.
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I'll admit, it's very very slight, but you've never noticed how sometimes he skips a beat mid-sentence?

He's pausing, not stuttering. It's a pretty common trait of people trained to slow down rapid speech when they become orators. The "nice" thought about it is that his brain is far ahead of where the words he's spoken are and he's compensating and resetting. The "mean" thought about it is that he's forgotten what he was saying next. Stuttering is a completely different thing pathologically.



Ooooooookay. It's a disruption of his speech. It's noticable. Call it whatever the hell you want.
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He's just giving Republicans plenty ot time to stand up and call him a liar. I say he's being a good sport.
#21 Dec 19 2012 at 4:07 PM Rating: Excellent
Don't they always pick the winner in Election years?
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Sir Xsarus wrote:
Don't they always pick the winner in Election years?

US president is always the default pick if they can't think of someone more notable.

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Don't they always pick the winner in Election years?


Kinda. Not always on the election year, but as a general rule every president gets one, usually one for each term they serve. Obama got two. W Bush got two. Clinton got two. HW Bush got one. Reagan got two. Carter got one. Ford got dissed, but Nixon got two. Johnson got two, while Kennedy got just one. Eisenhower got two (but one was while serving in the military). Truman got two, while FDR got just three. So it is a relatively predictable pattern.

The timing in this case is a bit of a gimme though. Bush is the only other president I could find who got one in each year he was elected, but he actually did a lot that year (whether you agree or not with what he was doing). I don't think that Obama did a whole lot at all this year other than get re-elected. Certainly, nothing remarkable enough to justify the pick IMO. Could have at least waited to see if something happened worthwhile I suppose.

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#24 Dec 19 2012 at 6:52 PM Rating: Good
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I'll admit, it's very very slight, but you've never noticed how sometimes he skips a beat mid-sentence?

He's pausing, not stuttering. It's a pretty common trait of people trained to slow down rapid speech when they become orators. The "nice" thought about it is that his brain is far ahead of where the words he's spoken are and he's compensating and resetting. The "mean" thought about it is that he's forgotten what he was saying next. Stuttering is a completely different thing pathologically.


Yeah, see the pausing I had noticed, and I always assumed it was part of his speaking pattern, like Smash is saying here. It never crossed my mind that it could be considered a stutter. That's just what good speakers do.
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He proved that no matter ho rich you personally are and how many Senators and Reps you can buy off, you still can't purchase the presidency itself.

Right, because there was no trading of access for money by Democrats this election cycle... Don't be so crushingly naive. It makes the rest of us look bad.


Yeah, but Romney was on a whole separate level and everyone knows it.
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He proved that no matter ho rich you personally are and how many Senators and Reps you can buy off, you still can't purchase the presidency itself.

Right, because there was no trading of access for money by Democrats this election cycle... Don't be so crushingly naive. It makes the rest of us look bad.


Yeah, but Romney was on a whole separate level and everyone knows it.


Obama actually received more donations from high income Americans.
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#27Palpitus1, Posted: Dec 23 2012 at 3:20 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Obiously, he sucks. No more worthy than any other of the 210 heads of state. But--other candidates?
#28Palpitus1, Posted: Dec 23 2012 at 3:23 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) P.S. the above post was made as if Obama actually was the Time Person of the Year, and not just a satire. Which satire is becoming very hard to distinguish from reality.
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He proved that no matter ho rich you personally are and how many Senators and Reps you can buy off, you still can't purchase the presidency itself.

Right, because there was no trading of access for money by Democrats this election cycle... Don't be so crushingly naive. It makes the rest of us look bad.


Yeah, but Romney was on a whole separate level and everyone knows it.


Obama actually received more donations from high income Americans.


Thanks for the link - quite fascinating. I wonder what the differential between "large" and "small" is - it doesn't say. A hundred dollars? A thousand dollars?
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Not to argue with the idea that Obama received a lot of large donor dollars or make him out to be "better", but much of Romney's money went through super PACs rather than his campaign. All those summer-fall reports you'd hear of Romney "out raising" Obama, Romney never beat him campaign-to-campaign, it was always the total of campaigns plus PACs plus party committees. Just looking at campaign contributions doesn't show the whole story.

I wonder what the story was on the $5,000 Obama self-financed his campaign with. Registration fees or something?
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Obama also raised more money overall than Romney. His share of donations from small contributions was larger.
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Not to argue with the idea that Obama received a lot of large donor dollars or make him out to be "better", but much of Romney's money went through super PACs rather than his campaign. All those summer-fall reports you'd hear of Romney "out raising" Obama, Romney never beat him campaign-to-campaign, it was always the total of campaigns plus PACs plus party committees. Just looking at campaign contributions doesn't show the whole story.

I wonder what the story was on the $5,000 Obama self-financed his campaign with. Registration fees or something?


I believe that the maximum you can donate directly to a campaign as an individual is $5,000 or so. Half in the primary, half in the general. Any more money has to go through PACs or to the party itself.
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Romney self-financed $52,500 according to the site.
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Romney self-financed $52,500 according to the site.


That was all the change he had in his pocket at the time, probably didn't feel like hitting an ATM for more.
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I wonder what the story was on the $5,000 Obama self-financed his campaign with. Registration fees or something?


$2500 individual contribution limit for Michelle and himself.
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I wonder what the story was on the $5,000 Obama self-financed his campaign with. Registration fees or something?


$2500 individual contribution limit for Michelle and himself.


So Romney's was from... 21 people?
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I wonder what the story was on the $5,000 Obama self-financed his campaign with. Registration fees or something?


$2500 individual contribution limit for Michelle and himself.


So Romney's was from... 21 people?


Each of his kid's trust funds? Brothers and sisters and their kids?

The other two wives and their kids he very carefully kept hidden?
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I wonder what the story was on the $5,000 Obama self-financed his campaign with. Registration fees or something?


$2500 individual contribution limit for Michelle and himself.


So Romney's was from... 21 people?


Each of his kid's trust funds? Brothers and sisters and their kids?

The other two wives and their kids he very carefully kept hidden?


Just easier to say:

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