NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2012.
The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
The short list for the honor included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for advocating for girls’ education.
It also included Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Obama also received the honor in 2008, when he was President-elect.
Last year, “The Protester” got the honor.
Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. In 2010, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg received the honor.
Other previous winners have included Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Bono and President George W. Bush.
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1. President Obama shakes hands with adoring fans in Tanzania in 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)1 of 27
2. President Obama shakes hands with a little girl at Miami Airport. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)2 of 27
3. President Obama holds a child after delivering remarks on the American Jobs Act in Ohio. (White House/Pete Souza)3 of 27
4. Lauren Fleming, the 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador and her brother and sister. (White House/Pete Souza)4 of 27
5. A little boy leans over to kiss President Barack Obama during the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn. (Pete Souza)5 of 27
6. A young boy salutes President Barack Obama as he greets audience members in Orlando. (Pete Souza)6 of 27
7. The President gives a fist bump to a young boy who reaches out from a closed door in Mexico. (Pete Souza)7 of 27
8. The West Wilkes High School Dance Team listen in rapt attention as the President delivered remarks on the American Jobs Act.8 of 27
9. The President gets a big hug from a boy at a school in Minnesota during a bus tour in the Midwest. (Pete Souza)9 of 27
10. President Barack Obama signs a hand as he greets people at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. (Pete Souza)10 of 27
11. The President gets a hug from a little girl as he greets Wounded Warriors and their families. (Pete Souza)11 of 27
12. The First Lady seems impressed with her husband's ability to soothe a crying baby. (Pete Souza)12 of 27
13. The Prez gets a big hug from a boy while greeting folks in front of Fred's Hardward store in Toledo, Ohio. (Pete Souza)13 of 27
14. President Obama greets children at a day care facility adjacent to Sasha's school in Bethesda after her 4th grade ceremony.14 of 27
15. President Barack Obama welcomes Make-A-Wish child Kennedy Alexander to the Oval Office. (Pete Souza)15 of 27
16. President Barack Obama greets Halle Major during a Make-A-Wish visit in the Oval Office. (Pete Souza)16 of 27
17. After reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" the President greets 2nd graders at an elementary school in Arlington, VA.17 of 27
18. The President listens as a child whispers in his ear during Christmas dinner in the mess hall at a Marine Corps Base.18 of 27
19. President Obama lifts up a baby during the U.S. Embassy greeting at a Prague hotel. (White House/Pete Souza)19 of 27
20. President Barack Obama kisses a baby while greeting military families at the White House. (White House/Pete Souza)20 of 27
21. Students reach out to President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in NOLA.21 of 27
22. Students react to President Obama during a visit to Wright Middle School in Madison, WI. (Pete Sousa)22 of 27
23. President Obama greets a young child after a town hall meeting in Tampa, FL. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)23 of 27
24. President Barack Obama greets a handsome young visitor in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)24 of 27
25. President Barack Obama greets a boy, whose first name is also Barack in Iowa City, Iowa. (Official WH Photo Pete Souza)25 of 27
26. President Obama gets a beautiful smile from a little girl while greeting the crowds. (AP)26 of 27
27. President Obama stops to greet a small girl while shaking hands and greeting the crowds. (AP)27 of 27