Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named Time’s ‘Person of the Year 2020.
Time Magazine named President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris its “Person of the Year” in an announcement Thursday night.
The magazine’s write-up of the decision outlines Biden’s historic selection of Harris and the challenges that lie ahead for the United States and the duo as the coronavirus surges across the nation.
Biden and Harris made the cut after topping a shortlist that included the movement for racial justice, Dr. Anthony Fauci and front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19.
But the choice of Biden isn’t exactly a surprise, as selecting a president-elect for Person of the Year is a nearly nine-decade-old tradition at the magazine. The first president-elect named Person of the Year (then “Man of the Year”) was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1932, for his New Deal plan to bring America out of the Great Depression.
Earlier Thursday, Time named basketball superstar LeBron James Athlete of the Year for his achievements on and off the court.
The 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers player was honored for battling voter suppression among Black citizens in a year when he won his fourth NBA title.
K-Pop sensation BTS was named Entertainer of the Year.
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg was Time’s Person of the Year last year, while Trump won in 2016