One of the most prestigious and meaningful honors has been announced. Time magazine’s person of the year for 2008 is President-elect Barack Obama. The former first-term U.S. Senator’s message of change has not only resonated with millions of Americans, but with millions of other people around the world.
Obama was a long shot when he officially declared his candidacy for president in Springfield, Illinois back on February 10, 2007. Despite the chill of the day, thousands packed the town square there to cheer on Obama. Throughout the campaign, the crowds of supporters grew, as Obama’s message of change became a political tsunami that swept across the nation.
The person of the year honor doesn’t go to the most popular, but to the most influential person. That definitely fits Barack Obama in 2008.