You might be wondering why are elected Presidents of the United States are always TIME’s Person of the Year?
Well, this seems like becoming a tradition. When George Bush became the president in 1989 and again in 2001, he was named the TIME’s Person of the Year. Likewise, when Barack Obama became the president in 2009 he was also named as TIME’s Person of the Year.
After all, the President of the United States is considered to be the most powerful person in the world.
In our earlier post, reader’s poll for the TIME Person of the Year, we explained the criterion to be the TIME Person of the Year.
“The person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”
And we all know that Trump’s world-shattering impact on the media is undeniable. His controversial politics and inflictive comments on twitter led to record-breaking coverage. Donald Trump was all over the news and social media 24/7, before, during and after the election results.
Today the magazine’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs revealed Donald Trump as the TIME‘s Person of the Year with his presidential rival Hillary Clinton selected as runner-up.
— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2016
Nancy Gibbs said, “I’ve never seen so much agreement about who had the most influence, I don’t think that we have ever seen one person operating in such an unconventional way have an impact on events of the year quite like this.”
Trump said “It means a lot. It’s a very important magazine, I consider this a very, very great honor.”
The magazine’s cover description describe him as the “President of the Divided States of America.”
Regarding the displeasing description, Trump said, “I think putting ‘divided’ is snarky, I’m not president yet, so I didn’t do anything to divide.” Dodging the bullet himself fired.