Obama is CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of 2012

Updated 10:41 PM EST, Mon December 24, 2012

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President Barack Obama's year of triumph ends with accolade from CNN.com readers

Obama also is Time magazine's Person of the Year

The year began with Obama in a perilous political position

His re-election reflected policy and political accomplishments

Washington CNN —  

A year ago, President Barack Obama was under fire. Today, he is being feted.

In just 12 months, the 51-year-old lawyer and former U.S. senator raised by a single mother went from a beleaguered candidate for re-election – his record and signature health care law under daily attack by Republican rivals – to being the first Democrat to win more than 50% of a presidential vote twice since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Now the nation’s first African-American president is CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of