In an announcement overshadowed by the news of a man dressed as Santa receiving a parking ticket (the nerve!), Time has named Barack Obama Person of the Year.

Their big, utterly predictable and therefore unreadable package includes a long interview by Time liberal media conspiracy member Richard Stengel and some stuff about how Obama is a nifty point guard. He beat out four other alleged "candidates" who were put forward for appearance's sake. Mostly Time liked the excuse to run these pictures of Obama, so that they could gaze upon them and imagine they might have befriended him back then when all were young and fancy free, and thereby be in a better position to receive a minor cabinet appointment in his administration. Hope lives.