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Surprise! Barack Obama Named CNN’s ‘Most Intriguing Person Of 2012’

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Via FOX Nation

Washington (CNN) — A year ago, President Barack Obama was under fire. Today, he is being feted.

In just 12 months, the 51-year-old lawyer and former U.S. senator raised by a single mother went from a beleaguered candidate for re-election — his record and signature health care law under daily attack by Republican rivals — to being the first Democrat to win more than 50% of a presidential vote twice since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Now the nation’s first African-American president is CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of 2012, as voted on by readers of CNN.com, five days after being named Time’s Person of the Year.

Second most intriguing: Malala Yousufzai: The girl the Taliban wanted dead

Explaining Time’s choice, Executive Editor Richard Stengel cited Obama “for finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union.”

Such accolades and results seemed improbable a year ago when Obama’s approval rating hovered in the low 40s while unemployment was 8.5%. History showed that it was rare, if not unprecedented, for an incumbent to win re-election with such figures.

In December 2011, Obama’s signature health care reform law faced a Supreme Court challenge and unrelenting criticism from Republicans, especially conservatives who depicted it as a socialism-inspired government takeover of almost 20% of the U.S. economy.

In addition, a fierce political battle with congressional Republicans over taxes and spending dominated headlines that month. It was the latest in a series of fiscal showdowns that already caused an unprecedented downgrade in the U.S. credit rating earlier in the year.



  1. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 26th, 2012

    … the first Democrat to win more than 50% of a presidential vote since…


    Democrat? Win? Votes?


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  2. Whom

    December 26th, 2012

    Time editors gushed/continued: “..his words carry weight that would break a lesser man;s jaw. Mosquitos refuse to bite him, out of respect. He is- The Most Interesting Man In The World!”

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  3. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 26th, 2012

    …for finding and forging a new majority…

    …of people that can get away with voting multiple times.

    …for turning weakness into opportunity…

    …for turning HIS weakness into MUSLIM opportunity…

    …and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union…

    …of lazy ass 0bamafone users and wealth-grabbers that make up 47% of the population and voted 100% for 0bama.

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  4. Xavier

    December 26th, 2012

    Main Entry:
    Main Entry:
    intrigue  [in-treeg; in-treeg, in-treeg] Show IPA

    Part of Speech: noun
    Definition: scheme
    Synonyms: artifice, cabal, chicanery, collusion, complication, conspiracy, contrivance, deal, design, dodge, double-dealing, fix, frame-up, fraud, game, graft, hookup, little game, machination, maneuver, manipulation, plan, plot, ruse, stratagem, trickery, wile

    ’nuff said!

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  5. sTevo

    December 26th, 2012

    Commies worshiping a commie.

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  6. Poonces

    December 26th, 2012

    Who will play the intriguing one in the movie about his greatness?

    “Bubbles” perhaps?

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  7. Saxindacity

    December 26th, 2012

    Yep, he’s right up there with Psy(psycho),that South Korean rapper who hates America just as much as Obama-in such an intriguing way.

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  8. SR

    December 26th, 2012

    CNN nut huggers have no shame

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