Person of the Year 2012--President Obama photographed by Nadav Kander--one of the most emotive portraits I've seen of the president. Beautiful use of light. <3

Person of the Year 2012--President Obama photographed by Nadav Kander--one of the most emotive portraits I've seen of the president. Beautiful use of light. &lt;3

Barack Obama has been named TIME's person of the year. It's the second time President Obama has been named person of the year by the popular magazine: in 2008 he was indeed chosen for being the first black president of the United States.

From presidents to dictators to, yes, you, TIME's Person of the Year choices tend to provoke controversy. Check out every Person of the Year in 86 cover images, dating back to TIME's first pick of Charles Lindbergh in

Time magazine has named President Obama its "Person of the Year." Writes Time's Michael Scherer "In mid-December, as Obama settles into one of the Oval Office's reupholstered chairs -- brown leather instead of

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