"We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America. 'The truth is,' the President said in the Oval Office, 'that we have steadily become a more diverse and tolerant country that embraces people’s differences and respects people who are not like us. That’s a profoundly good thing. That’s one of the strengths of America.' ... For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year."
A portfolio of portraits by Martin Schoeller