Now, here’s something we didn’t expect to write: President Barack Obama has fallen to third place in the voting for Metro’s Man of the Year event.

The president, voted Man of the Year by you in 2009, is lagging behind in third place as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange goes head to head with the Chilean Miners.

In the Woman of the Year vote, Sarah Palin has edged ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama, with Kim Kardashian well behind in third place, despite what appeared to be a concerted voting effort on her behalf yesterday.

We’ve been surprised and delighted by the number of readers voting. After a single day of the voting, we’re into the thousands, and voting continues until Friday Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.