Chosen as “both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America,” Time Magazine has named President Barack Obama as its Person of the Year.
This honor comes on the heels of Monday’s casting of votes by the electoral college where President Obama won 332 electoral votes or 62% of votes available.
This election is historical in more ways than President Obama being the first Black person to win re-election to the presidency … after all … he is the ONLY person of acknowledged African heritage to be elected President.
Let’s look at a few of his historical achievements:
- First President since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected with more than 50 percent of the vote in two straight elections.
- First president since 1940 to be re-elected despite an unemployment rate above 7.5 percent.
- Americans will have guaranteed healthcare coverage beginning in 2014
- Signed the equal pay for women law known as the Lilly Ledbetter Law
- Expanded hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation
- Appointed the first Hispanic justice to the Supreme Court brining the court to a historic three women currently serving
- Allowed people to serve openly in the military regardless of sexual orientation
- Removed the “middle men” from the student loan process by filtering all loans directly through the Department of Education
Do you have your own reason why the president deserved Time Magazine Person of the Year honors?