Time named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as 2020’s ‘Person of the Year,’ chosen “for changing the American story,” however, the choice sparked an online backlash saying recognition should go to doctors and scientists.
Time names Biden and Harris as its ‘Person of the Year’
Time named it annual “Person of the Year” for 2020, choosing President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The magazine first started the tradition in 1927, with its “Man of the Year.”
Later, the title was changed to “Person of the Year” expanding the flexibility to bestow the honor on an individual, a group, a movement, or an idea that had the most influence in the past year, ABC reported.
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal explains the choice of Biden and Harris for 2020.
“For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year,” wrote Felsenthal.
Backlash over choice of Biden and Harris for “Person of the Year”
After the announcement was made that time had chosen Biden in Harris for its 2020 person of the year, it immediately sparked a widespread backlash, even from the political left, as well as numerous journalists and commentators, the Daily Wire reported.
Given that 2020 was a year in which the world was plagued by the coronavirus pandemic, many believed the recognition should go to doctors, healthcare workers, and scientists, especially given the fact that several COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time, faster than any other period in history.
Time defended its decision, writing: “Person of the Year is not an award – it is a marker. It is history as it’s written, whether good or bad.”
The shortlist of those who were under consideration but were not selected were: Donald Trump, Frontline Health Care Workers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the Movement for Racial Justice.
Biden nominates Susan Rice to lead White House Domestic Policy Council
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Susan Rice to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, CNN reported. Under the Obama administration, Rice, 56, was National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017.
Prior to that, Rice was the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. Rice was also previously under consideration as one of Biden’s potential vice presidential choices.
Rice, a longtime Biden ally, is expected to elevate the profile of the Domestic Policy Council within Biden’s White House.