Malia Obama, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

Barack Obama's eldest daughter among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia Obama is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the heir's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 11/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Obama for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 19-year-old heir, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Obama so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the heir have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Chicago Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Chicago (Malia Obama's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the heir was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#ObamaPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 10 Dec 2017
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMalia”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 10 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Malia Obama?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 10 Dec 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Malia Obama?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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