Time Magazine Names President Obama its ’2012 Person of the Year’

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2012 Person of the Year:  For the second time since 2008, Time Magazine named President Obama its “Person of the Year” for 2012. The article is a frank and thought-provoking tale of why he won this award for a second time. The fact is simple, “people trust him.” I see him as someone who has my back, not someone who has the rich guy’s back. How he pulled off a resounding reelection win at the polls on November 6th is nothing short of amazing. He showed us exactly how to use technology, a stellar grassroots effort and surrounding oneself with the right people can accomplish. All learned and molded from his years as a community organizer, though Republicans like Sarah Palin consider that start in public life a joke.

Time Magazine:  Since the moment Obama arrived on the national scene in 2004, the very idea of leadership has been under assault. Many of the old institutions that once anchored the American Dream have been bled of public confidence. Banks, Big Business, the news media and Congress all polled at or near record lows during his first term. Obama himself was the target of uncommon vitriol, but he has somehow managed to keep the public’s faith.

To understand how he kept his job, the best place to start is where he did. In early 2011, David Simas, a former registrar of deeds in Taunton, Mass., who had become a senior White House aide, switched on what might be called one of the largest listening posts in U.S. history. For months on end, two or three nights a week, Simas and his team secretly gathered voters in rented rooms across the swing states, eight at a time, the men separated from the women. The Obamans poked at their guinea pigs’ animal spirits, asked for confessions and played word-association games. (Among swing voters, Democrat often elicited Barack Obama, and Republican would yield words like old and backward.) Live feeds of the focus groups were shown on computer screens at campaign headquarters in Chicago. The first discovery Simas made held the keys to the kingdom. “Here is the best thing,” he said of Obama when he went back to home base. “People trust him.”

Congratulations to President Obama on this award. Call him whatever you will, he will go down in history for having accomplished amazing feats that other presidents dreamed of.   President Obama proves that servant-leadership is all about — serving the faceless, the nameless and the powerless.

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    Janet:

    President Obama is a LEADER OF THE POPULIST movement at a time we need MANAGEMENT.

    * He LEAD YOU to SELL the “Saving of the US Auto Industry” – $49.5 Billion in debt money spent in the context of a $1,000 billion federal yearly defict

    * He LEAD YOU to ask why the racist Republicans are talking about Benghazi – but not ask why the NATO International coup was labeled a “Humanitarian Mission”

    Your argument is circular in reference.

    WHY IS OBAMA AMAZING? BECAUSE he AMAZED ME and I TRUST HIM.

    Aside from your passion in FIGHTING THE RIGHT WING – and the pleasure within the Black community for doing so, Janet – CAN YOU ENUMERATE the MATERIAL benefits that have been delivered to the Black community

    * In educational attainment

    * In economic advancement

    * In safe communities

    * In our ability to EXPRESS our value for HEALTH CARE by producing more Black physicians through the above institutions (academic) and then finance this effort via organic productivity?

    I, by contrast can detail the COMPROMISED BLACK COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS that have been JUSTIFIED BECAUSE “Obama was under attack by the RIGHT WING” –

    * Claimed Voter Suppression versus AFFIRMATION OF INCOMPETENCE in Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia lead to BLACK VOTER NULLIFICATION of the LOCAL GOVERNANCE of their community affairs in these cities

    * The LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN where one letter goes to Santa Claus and the other to Obama AFTER THE VALUABLES WERE GIVEN IN THE ELECTION – to ENUMERATE the “Black Agenda” – the AGENDA THAT used to be AT THE LOCAL LEVEL – back in the 1960′s at the onset of THE POWER GRAB over the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED CITIES.

    FEAR NOT – instead of MANAGING THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT the Embedded Confidence Men UNDERSTAND HOW BLACK PEOPLE THINK!!!

    Dangle the RIGHT WING ENEMY in front of the Negroes face and WATCH HIM scale beyond the DOMAIN OF MANAGEMENT that he was made to believe that THE PREVIOUS CONQUEST would lead to SOCIAL JUSTICE!!!!

    Now with “WE are in the WHITE HOUSE” – you fight the right wing THROUGH OBAMA. He doesn’t have to DELIVER ANYTHING but a BEATING OF THE GOP.

    * Gun Control DOESN’T HAVE TO reduce the number of murdered blacks – it just needs to put the NRA on the defensive

    * the Black Educational initiative that crated a photo op of “Leading Negroes” in the White House DOES NOT need to raise the academic attainment ONE BIT. It has ALREADY been entered on President Obama’s “Filibuster List of ACCOMPLISHMENTS” – the pictures in the Oval Office PROVES THIS

    * The BLACK UNEMPOYMENT RATE – YOU still have BUSH to refer to through 2016 Janet. While this is a name to generate pacification among “The Blacks” – it doesn’t do much to replicate what the Koreans and Indians are doing Within the Black Community – in the places that people say are “food and economic deserts”.

    MAKE OBAMA THE “MAN OF THE YEAR” IN EVERY POSSIBLE PUBLICATION, Janet!!!

    Show that YOU ARE PLEASED with his VICTORY OVER THE RIGHT WING.

    FOR ME – who is watching it all – it merely helps me to INDEX the VITAL STATISTICS from the BLACK COMMUNITY – and note that WHEN ANOTHER LEADER IS IN POWER but we see PROTESTS over a 13.8% Black unemployment rate – that this is the index of CONTAMINATION that is present among the AMERICANIZED BLACKS – the force that the BLACK COMMUNITY CONSCIOUSNESS needs PROTECTION AGAINST before organic growth will ever take place.

    CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

    The Greatest “Leader Of The Blacks” In History!!