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Obama is Time Person of the Year; who are runners-up?
December 17, 2008 / 3:17 PM / 9 years ago

Obama is Time Person of the Year; who are runners-up?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time magazine named U.S. President-elect Barack Obama the Person of the Year in 2008 after he became the first African-American to win the White House, but the real contest may have been for the runners up.

<p>A handout photo shows the cover image of the December 29, 2008/January 5, 2009 double issue. Time magazine named U.S. President-elect Barack Obama the Person of the Year after he became the first African-American to win the White House. REUTERS/Shephard Fairey/TIME/Handout</p>

The other finalists were U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Chinese director Zhang Yimou, Time said on Wednesday.

“In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th president of the United States,” the magazine said.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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