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In not-so-surprising-but-still-relevant news, Time magazine has chosen Barack Obama as its Person of the Year in 2008. Compared to last year’s choice of Al Gore, this selection is a significant splash. Time has experimented with its Person of the Year format this year, opening up the polls on its website to voter polls. By the end, Barack Obama was given an 84% chance to win. Other names in contention for the spot included Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michael Phelps, Nouri al-Maliki and T. Boone Pickens. America’s first black president proved the most intriguing and inspirational storyline in 2008. 

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