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On the cover of TIME Magazine, President Obama posed for his first official portrait since his re-election.  The picture was captured by legendary photographer Nadav Kander, who is known for his “painterly touch.”

The famed photographer spoke about the portrait saying: “When photographing such a high profile individual, it’s a huge challenge to not let their high profile take over the process.  I wanted to make a meaningful photograph that reflected pause in a person’s life and reflect his humanity.”

TIME’s managing editor Rick Stengel spoke about choosing the President Obama as “Person Of The Year” saying: “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.”

 I think he looks great on the cover. Congratulations to President Obama!