"A Tsar is Born"
TIME's Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse. It is ultimately about leadership—bold, earth-changing leadership.
By that standard how well has the Time Man of the Year been chosen? Here's the list from the World War 2 years, and it's not bad.
|1940||Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill|
|1941||Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
|1943||George Catlett Marshall|
|1944||Dwight David Eisenhower|
|1946||James F. Byrnes|
Here's the list from around the fall of the Berlin Wall.
|1987||Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev|
|1989||Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev|
|1990||The Two George Bushes|
And this is the tale of the 21st century.
|2000||George W. Bush|
|2003||The American Soldier|
|2004||George W. Bush|
|2005||Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, & Bono|