Obama_cover Time unveiled its pick this morning, certainly one of the least surprising choices in years.

The cover is an original portrait from Shepard Fairey, whose image of Obama became iconic (and imitated) on posters throughout the campaign.

Zhang Yimou was one of the runners up, as the creative genius behind the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing. His entry was written by Steven Spielberg, who was to be an artistic adviser to the Games before he withdrew to protest China’s lack of action in solving the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

He writes of Zhang, "In one evening of visual and emotional splendor, he educated, enlightened and entertained us all. In doing so, Zhang secured himself a place in world history."

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