Obama on track to triple TIME cover record.

Whose face has appeared on more TIME magazine covers than any other?

It’s easy to guess Barack Obama, whose image has overwhelmed newsstands since the 2008 election season, but Obama only has half as many covers as the current record-holder: Richard Nixon.

Nixon has been pictured on nearly 50 TIME magazine covers, just four above the next runner-up, Ronald Reagan.

Only 18 people have appeared on ten or more TIME covers and all are politicians, though only three are not American.

Despite having been president for less than a year, TIME’s gushing love for Obama is apparent in the fact that he has already appeared on 24 covers. That’s more than half as many as Reagan appeared on after eight years in the White House. At the current rate, Obama could appear on more than 150 TIME covers by the end of an eight year presidency.

Hillary Clinton has appeared on the most TIME covers for a female and for a non-president. Al Gore appears on the most covers for a vice president never having won the presidency. And Gerald Ford has been on the highest number of covers for a non-Person of the Year.

Also see: Obamanopoly, where the presidency is just a game.

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15 Responses to “Obama on track to triple TIME cover record.”


  1. 1 eastside December 21, 2009 at 7:45 am

    “Gerald Ford has been on the highest number of covers for a non-president”?

    OK… so who do you think was president from August 1974 to January 1977?

  2. 2 Ben From Flushing December 21, 2009 at 8:33 am

    “And Gerald Ford has been on the highest number of covers for a non-president.”

    Eh?

  3. 3 Lala December 21, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Actually, Gerald Ford was president for a while in the ’70s.

    Anyone see a problem with the cover of Ronald Reagan at the top?

    Try again.

  4. 4 yellojkt December 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Could we get a link to a slightly more legible version of the graphic?

  5. 5 Sarah December 21, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Um, how is Gerald Ford a “non-president”? He was president from 1970-1974…

  6. 6 Michael.K December 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

    “[B]At the current rate,[/B] Obama could appear on more than 150 TIME covers…”

    Is the distribution of covers fairly even over a presidency, or is there a ‘just-elected’ boost? Also, lots of covers doesn’t necessarily equal “gushing love”; I don’t think Time loves Saddam Hussein.

  7. 7 KC December 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    The chart doesn’t say non-president. It says non-Person of the Year.

  8. 8 Lala December 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    KC, the article has been changed.

    I am still having a hard time trusting the numbers in the chart, since the person who made it thinks Brezhnev is Ronald Reagan.

  9. 9 hkeely December 22, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Thanks for pointing out the error. The story and graphic have been updated.

  10. 10 hkeely December 22, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Also, this blog post was mentioned on the NBC Nightly News. Take a look:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/34516235%2334516235

  11. 11 Amber Spencer December 22, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I still believe in him, I hope he will deliver what he promised…

    • 12 BrookieLou January 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm

      I still believe in him too. Am I’m waiting for him to deliver on the promise… I still think he is in the best position to do so, more so than McCain or Hillary Clinton. Let’s pray he does… for all of our sakes.


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