The Hill reveals that TIME magazine's Man of the Year will be... Barack Obama. Yeah, hit the snooze button and roll over. Do they never tire of attempting to decribe his awesomeness? Reading this will be like listening to a couple of eight grade girls chattering in the back seat:
"Did I tell you how great Bobby is?"
"Only like, ten minutes ago."
"Then you haven't heard the latest..."
Well, TIME whittled down their list to pretty slim pickings:
Obama edged out Malala Yousafazi, an Afghan teenager who narrowly avoided death after being shot for defending women's rights, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Fabiola Gianotti, an Italian particle physicist who worked on the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
In addition to the Higgs Boson, Prof. Gianotti invented the process that puts the loop in your rigatoni. True fact, and I don't know how TIME passed him by. Well, maybe later.
Pressing on, my nominee for Man of the Year is the fellow who has set the United States on ther path to energy independence, helped us reduce our carbon footprint, and helped the world to a cleaner, more abundant energy future.
I speak of the Godfather of Fracking, George Mitchell. Now, this award to an old white one-percenter might not work for the TIME audience (IS there a TIME audience?) so they can take the angle that "He didn't build that". Something for everyone.
Fracking will change America and the world more than two (or even three or four) of Obama's pretty speeches.